“Muhammad Ali ‘Float Like. Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee’”
Oil on canvas/ 36" x 60"
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville Kentucky in 1942. He was an American professional boxer and activist. Nickname “The Greatest”, he is regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century and is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. He won a gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 in the light heavyweight class and turned professional a year later. Ali converted to Islam after 1961 and won the heavyweight championship by defeating Sonny Liston in a major upset on February 25, 1964, at the age of 22. During that year, he denounced his birth name as a “slave name” and formally changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He was also known for his larger than life personality and known for his provocative and outlandish persona. He was also famous for “trash talking”, often free styled with rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry and recognized as a pioneer in hip hop. He often predicted in which round he would knock out his opponent. His most famous quote, “Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like Bee” described his own boxing style.
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