"Ali, Ali, Ali!" His fans cheered as he boxed his way into history. Who would have thought that a stolen bike would transform Cassius Clay Jr. into a three-time heavyweight champion? In 1954, Louisville, Kentucky, 12-year-old Cassius's prized bike was stolen while he and a friend were at the school fair. Boiling with rage, he found Officer Joe Martin and told him that he was going to "whup" whoever stole his bike. Officer Martin could not see this string bean kid being able to "whup" anyone, so he advised Cassius to learn how to fight. Working hard The Champ won his first fight a few weeks later. For the next 27 years Ali would be fighting for freedom, respect, honor, and to become the holder of the Heavyweight title. Read to find out why he changed his name, and religion, and how he became one of the greatest boxers in history. With interesting illustrations and creative writing, this book is recommended for all ages that want to learn about Muhammad Ali's record-breaking career.
Written by: Ms. Owen's 6th grade class at Frank Love Elementary.