Monday, 6 June 2016

Legends Never Die: RIP Muhammad Ali

Dear Readers,

It was quite shocking for everyone when we heard it! It was all around the news channels and everyone was showing the feeds of his previous bouts. Then filled with respect, I also decided to dedicate an article to the amazing boxer Muhammad Ali. 

His story, told in and outside of the ring, is unparalleled in modern celebrities.

Alas! The man who never gave up and always stood for the right, is no more now. 

 Don't count the days, make the days count!

Muhammad Ali

After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson's, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his verbal grace and his physical dexterity. 

The man who never gave up is defeated by the deadly disease now! 

The disease is such a filthy one that ruins a person from body to his mind! Starting with the  shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with even walking and gait, on later stage thinking and behavioral problems too arise and dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease, also great depression being the most common psychiatric symptom. 

Though good and bad times came in his life, Mohammad Ali always took everything to a better end. 

Mohammad Ali, formally  Cassius Marcellus Clay, born in a slave family in United States of America, being tortured by the racial discrimination at times, decided at the age of 12 that he has to become strong......very strong! He started his training for boxing when he was 12 years old. At 22, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in an upset in 1964. 

Shortly after that, Clay converted to Islam, changed his "slave" name to Ali, and gave a message of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Moment when 'Lion' Refused To Fight!

There are many instances which can be picked from his lifeline and discussed but I decided to pick one when Ali himself refused to fight. When the military attempted to draft him, Ali said he was a conscientious objector. “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong,” he had said in 1966. Appearing for his scheduled induction on April 28, 1967 in Houston, he refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. That day, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit.

It's not bragging if you can back it up.

At the trial two months later, the jury, after only 21 minutes of deliberation, found Ali guilty. The judge imposed the maximum sentence. After a court of appeals upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. During this time, people turned against the war, and support for Ali grew up. Ali, however, claimed victory in a bigger decision three months later when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.

'Your soul may rest in peace - the great boxer as well as a great human being!'


Muhammad Ali

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