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When did Muhammad Ali start boxing?

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2010-03-13 23:31:54

In 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, 12-year-old Cassius Marcellus

Clay's bike was stolen while he and a friend were at the Columbia

Auditorium. Young Cassius found a cop in a gym, Joe Martin, and

boiling with youthful rage, told Martin he was going to "whup"

whoever stole his bike. Martin admonished, "You better learn to box

first." Within weeks, 89-pound Cassius had his first bout-his first

win. For the next 27 years, Cassius would be in that ring. Even in

his youth, he had dreams of being heavyweight champion of the

world. But his life would take turns that no seer could've


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