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12SL_CHMA_ENT_COVwebOn June 3, boxing legend Muhammad Ali died. He was 74 years old. Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was the first man to be the heavyweight champion of the world three times, and he won 56 of his 61 fights before he retired from boxing in 1981. Ali was known for his larger-than-life personality, especially his bragging. Before matches, he would call himself “the greatest” and make up rhymes to taunt his opponents. Ali was also an outspoken advocate for social change, especially equal treatment for African Americans. His decisions to join the Nation of Islam and to refuse to fight in the Vietnam War were controversial. However, they helped make him not just a great athlete but a cultural icon.

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