Mengenang Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

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Kabar duka hadir menyelimuti dunia olahraga. Petinju legendaris Muhammad Ali wafat di usia 74, karena sakit yang dideritanya [saluran pernapasan dan parkinson].

Almarhum [17 Januari 1942 – 3 Juni 2016] akan dimakamkan di kampung halamannya, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Saat-saat pertama dirinya bertinju, Ali dikenal dengan nama Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Lalu berubah menjadi Muhammad Ali setelah keberhasilannya merebut gelar juara kelas berat, dan bergabungnya ia dengan Nation of Islam.

Seperti apa kiprah bintang tinju dunia ini, berikut kisahnya.

Amateur
First training,  usia 12 tahun
First fight,  1954 menang angka
Champions,  1956 Golden Gloves Tournament, 1959 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions dan Amateur Athletic Union’s national title untuk light heavyweight division, 1960, medali emas olimpiade Roma untuk kelas light heavyweight.
Amateur career,  100 kemenangan dan 5 kalah

Professional
First fight, 29 Oktober 1960 – menang atas Tunney Hunsaker
Champions, 3 kali juara kelas berat: 25 Februari 1964 [Sonny Liston], 30 Oktober 1974 [George Foreman], dan 9 Juni 1979 [ Leon Spinks] .
Professional carrer,  56 kemenangan [37 KO] dan 5 kalah.

Awards
CSHL Double Helix Medal Honoree [2006]
Presidental Citizens Medal [2001]
Presidental Medal of Freedom [2005]
International Boxing Hall of Fame [1990]
Hollywood Walk of Fame [2002]
Sportsman of the Century [1999]
Sports Personality of the Century [1999]

Quotes
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.”
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
“I hated every minute of training, but i said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”

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