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AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah named his son after Muhammad Ali - Dr Jasim Mohammad

World Boxing King Muhammad Ali is no more


The tallest figure of the boxing world Muhammad Ali has died on 03 June 2016 leaving behind a legacy. Cassius clay alias Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer who is no more. He was also known for his public stance against the Vietnam War and his longtime battle with Parkinson's disease.
Born as Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942, Muhammad Ali became an Olympic gold medalist in 1960 and the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964. Following his suspension for refusing military service, Ali reclaimed the heavyweight title two more times during the 1970s, winning famed bouts against Joe Frazier and George Foreman along the way. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, Ali devoted much of his time to philanthropy, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He died on June 3, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Boxer, philanthropist and social activist Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali showed at an early age that he wasn't afraid of any bout—inside or outside of the ring. At the age of 12, Ali discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate. His bike was stolen, and Ali told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. "Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people," Martin reportedly told him at the time.
Ali started working with Martin to learn how to spar, and soon began his boxing career. In his first amateur bout in 1954, he won the fight by split decision. Ali went on to win the 1956 Golden Gloves tournament for novices in the light heavyweight class. Three years later, he won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, as well as the Amateur Athletic Union's national title for the light heavyweight division.
In 1960, Ali won a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team, and traveled to Rome, Italy, to compete. At 6'3". After his Olympic victory, Ali was heralded as an American hero. He soon turned professional with the backing of the Louisville Sponsoring Group, and continued overwhelming all opponents in the ring. Ali took out British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper in 1963, and then knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
This bold public persona belied what was happening in Ali's personal life, however. He was doing some spiritual searching and decided to join the black Muslim group the Nation of Islam in 1964. At first he called himself "Cassius X" before settling on the name Muhammad Ali.
Ali later started a different kind of fight with his outspoken views against the Vietnam War. Drafted into the military in April 1967, he refused to serve on the grounds that he was a practicing Muslim minister with religious beliefs that prevented him from fighting. He was arrested for committing a felony and almost immediately stripped of his world title and boxing license.
The U.S. Department of Justice pursued a legal case against Ali, denying his claim for conscientious objector status. He was found guilty of violating Selective Service laws and sentenced to five years in prison in June 1967, but remained free while appealing his conviction. Unable to compete professionally in the meantime, Ali missed more than three prime years of his athletic career. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually overturned the conviction in June 1971.
Prior to the Supreme Court's decision, Ali returned to the ring in 1970 with a win over Jerry Quarry. The following year, Ali took on Joe Frazier in what has been called the "Fight of the Century." Frazier and Ali went toe-to-toe for 14 rounds before Frazier dropped Ali with a vicious left hook in the 15th.
Another legendary Ali fight, against undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman, took place in 1974. Billed as the "Rumble in the Jungle," the bout was organized by promoter Don King and held in Kinshasa, Zaire. For once, Ali was seen as the underdog to the younger, massive Foreman, but he silenced his critics with a masterful performance. He baited Foreman into throwing wild punches with his "rope-a-dope" technique, before stunning his opponent with an eighth-round knockout to reclaim the heavyweight title.
Ali and Frazier locked horns for their grudge match in Quezon City, Philippines, in 1975. Dubbed the "Thrilla in Manila," the bout nearly went the distance, with both men delivering and absorbing tremendous punishment. However, Frazier's trainer threw in the towel after the 14th round, giving the hard-fought victory to Ali.
After losing his title to Leon Spinks in February 1978, Ali defeated him in a September rematch, becoming the first boxer to win the heavyweight championship three times.
In his retirement, Ali devoted much of his time to philanthropy. He announced that he had Parkinson's disease in 1984, a degenerative neurological condition, and was involved in raising funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the years, Ali also supported the Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among other organizations. In 1996, he lit the Olympic cauldron at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, an emotional moment in sports history.
Things began taking a turn for the worse within a few years. In early 2015, Ali was hospitalized for a severe urinary tract infection after having battled pneumonia. He was hospitalized again in early June 2016 for what was reportedly a respiratory issue. The revered athlete passed away on the evening of June 3, 2016, at a Phoenix, Arizona facility.
Large number of people particularly youngsters have inspired from Mohammad Ali. One such person is Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah. Who is very impressed with tallest boxing champion Mohammad Ali. Due to being a fan of Mohammad Ali, he named his son also as Mohammad Ali.
It is a surprising fact that during his young days, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah was himself a boxer and had won state level boxing champarship in 1963.

When news of death of Mohammad Ali flashed on TV screens, the family and house of Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah also went into grief.

In this connection, Saira Shah Halim, Kolkata based daughter of Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah says that my father was very much impressed with life and achievements of Mohammad Ali and so he had named my brother also as Mohammad Ali who was a Major in army. She revealed that Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah had also composed a poem on Mohammad Ali. According to Saira Shah her father AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah was champion of boxing in his young days.

On the other hand former army officer and film actor Major Mohammad Ali Shah, son of Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah Shah told on phone from Mumbai that Mohammad Ali was hero of myself as well as of my father Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and uncle Naseerddin Shah. My father had named me after boxer Mohammad Ali. Though the greatest ever boxer and humanist Mohammad Ali is no more in this world but he will remain alive in our hearts. He added that Mohammad Ali progressed in life with hard work and dedication and he is an inspiration to me. He said that boxer Mohammad Ali had always told youngsters that for progressing in life only talent is not necessary but hand work is also desired. Major Mohammad Ali told that during school days he was also boxer.

Ali was survived by his fourth wife, Yolanda, whom he had been married to since 1986. The couple had one son, Asaad, and Ali had several children from previous relationships, including daughter Laila Ali, who followed in his footsteps by becoming a champion boxer. Allah bestow upon him his Mercy and Kindness.

Jasim

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