Yesterday The Greatest, The People’s Champion, The Louisville Lip, arguably the most talented boxer to ever grace the sport, Muhammad Ali, died. Today we honor his legacy the only way we know how, with a tattoo gallery dedicated to the most amazing tattoos we could find depicting the most legendary boxer the world has ever known.
Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr – the birth name of Muhammad Ali – was born on January 17th, 1942 and started training as a boxer when he was 12 years old. By 22 he claimed the world heavyweight champion title in an upset victory against Sonny Liston. He held the title for three years, until he lost it after being found guilty of draft evasion following his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military.
His conviction was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States four years later, during which time he didn’t fight in a single boxing match. Three years after the overturned ruling, at 32 years-old, when everyone thought we was well past his prime, Ali fought George Foreman to regain his heavyweight title in what would be historically nicknamed “The Rumble in the Jungle”. Foreman was practically unanimously favored to win, but Ali won by knockout in the eighth round. Foreman would later reflect on the fight saying, “I’ll admit it. Muhammad outthought me and outfought me.”
At the age of 74, on June 3rd, 2016, Muhammad Ali died after battling with Parkinson’s disease for over 30 years. He will be forever remembered as one of the greatest boxers the sport has ever seen, with a professional boxing record of 56-5 (granted most people don’t count that last two losses). He went on a 31 fight win streak before losing his first professional match against Joe Frazier by decision in “The Fight of the Century”.
We hope you enjoy this tattoo gallery we’ve put together in Ali’s honor. He will surely be missed by millions of fans all over the world.
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