Muhammad Ali (born January 17, 1942) was regarded as the greatest boxer ever. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion won a gold medal as an amateur in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Originally known as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. Ali lost five professional fights in his career; the losses to Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and Leon Spinks were redeemed by beating them in rematches.
Ali retired on June 27, 1979, but returned in 1980 to face current champion Larry Holmes in an attempt to win a heavyweight title an unprecedented four times. Angelo Dundee refused to let his man come out for the 11th round, in what became Ali’s only loss by anything other than a decision. Ali’s final fight, a loss by unanimous decision after 10 rounds, was to up-and-coming challenger Trevor Berbick in 1981. Ali brought class and style to the world of boxing with amazing fights against the best boxers of any period in history. From Sonny Liston to George Forman there were many great fighters to challenge Ali. Known for his vocal put downs this was a man whose voice was heard all over the world. We have found a few apps to celebrate the boxing career of the greatest boxer ever.
Muhammad Ali by Mosaic Legends contains over 3,200 photographs by Ken Regan. Available through the iTunes App Store for $2.99/£1.99 this app will show you Muhammad Ali, as you’ve never seen him before. Tap to read about each photograph, Ali anecdotes, quotes, stories about events and more. Users can add comments about any photo and read what other fans are saying. Learn about Ali quotes and great facts with chapter options.
Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali – TumbleBooksToGo by TumbleBooks Inc. is available at the App Store for $1.99/£1.49. This is an ideal app for fans and the younger generation who want to find out more about Ali. Featuring stunning illustrations and covering his entire life from childhood through his professional career to his current battle with Parkinson’s Syndrome, Jim Haskins and Eric Velasquez have created a moving tribute that introduces this electrifying and impressive figure to a new generation.
King of the World by David Remnick is a book application available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes for $8.99. This app concentrates on Ali’s early career, when he was still fighting as Cassius Clay. The book begins in September 1962 with the fight between Floyd Patteson and Sonny Liston, Remnick then describes Clay’s 1964 fight with Liston, which even his own people thought Clay couldn’t win. Available at the App Store this app will let you in on the stories of a great modern hero.
Ali’s Greatest Fights TV-G is available through iTunes for $7.99 with the option to download memorable fights for an additional cost. From the Thrilla in Manila to the Rumble in the Jungle there are bonus interviews and much more on offer.
Some people classed Ali as braggadocios and boisterous which even he would admit to. As one of the most electrifying, inspiring, and captivating athletes of his generation he was a breath of fresh air to the boxing world and left a void in boxing never to be filled. How do you think Muhammad Ali would have handled boxers from other eras like Marciano, Louis, and Tyson? With useful apps, you can settle discussions and improve your quiz knowledge.