Muhammad Ali IQ - How intelligent is Muhammad Ali?
The world-renowned boxer Muhammad Ali was more than just a gifted athlete. He was also a man of great intelligence, with an IQ that has been estimated to be above average. In this article, we take a look at the life and IQ of Muhammad Ali, and how he used his intelligence to become one of the greatest boxers of all time.
What is the IQ of Muhammad Ali?
Muhammad Ali's IQ is unknown, as he has never taken an IQ test. However, he is considered to be a very intelligent man. He was able to learn boxing quickly and became one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was also known for his quick wit and ability to come up with clever sayings.
Muhammad Ali - family and life
The great boxer Muhammad Ali was born on January 17th, 1942, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky. His father's name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., and he worked as a sign painter. His mother's name was Odessa Grady Clay, and she was a domestic worker. Ali has four sisters (Freda, Rudy, Jamila, and Maryum) and two brothers (Rahman and Khalil). He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., who in turn was named for the 19th century abolitionist and politician of the same name.
Clay Jr. became interested in boxing when he was 12 years old, after his bike was stolen and he reported the theft to police officer Joe Martin, who also trained young boxers. Martin agreed to train the boy if he promised to take up boxing seriously. Clay Sr. initially disapproved of his son's interest in boxing, but he eventually came to be one of his biggest supporters.
In 1960, at the age of 18, Clay won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional later that year, he soon gained international fame as "The Greatest" boxer. He changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam.
Ali married his first wife Sonji Roi in 1964; they divorced in 1966 due to irreconcilable differences (mainly over Sonji's refusal to adhere to traditional Muslim gender roles). He then married Belinda Boyd in 1967; they had four children together (Maryum, twins Rasheda and Jamilah, and Muhammed Ali Jr.) before divorcing in 1977. In 1986, he married Yolanda "Lonnie" Williams; they remain married today and have two daughters together (Hana and Laila).
Ali has been dogged by health problems in recent years, most notably Parkinson's disease which was diagnosed in 1984 (although he did not publicly reveal his diagnosis until five years later). He has used his platform as a well-known public figure to raise awareness about the disease and its effects on those who suffer from it.
Muhammad Ali - career and successes
Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. In his professional career, he became the first fighter to win the world heavyweight title three times. He won his first title in 1964 by defeating Sonny Liston, but was stripped of the belt after he refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He regained the title in 1974 with a knockout of George Foreman; Ali was then defeated by Leon Spinks in 1978, but regained the title for a final time in 1981 with a victory over Spinks.
In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine. Ali's personal life was also tumultuous; he married four times and fathered seven children, two of whom died before him. In 2005, he suffered from Parkinson's disease, which slowly diminished his motor skills and speech over time.