Muhammad Ali's Greatest Hits

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Cassius Clay Becomes Muhammad Ali

In 1964, he changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad X after joining Black Muslim group the Nation of Islam, but eventually settled on Muhammad Ali. Ali said his religious beliefs prevented him from fighting in the Vietnam War, and he refused to answer his call to duty after being drafted in 1966. The following year, the boxer was entangled in a lengthy court battle with the U.S. Department of Justice and was found guilty for refusing his military service. Ali’s name was eventually cleared, but the boxing association stripped the fighter of his title and banned him from the ring for 3 and a half years.  

(Photo: CBS /Landov)

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