Cassius Clay was a very small kid; 110 pounds and 5'3. He was always interested in boxing and all the techniques that come along with it. This career started when someone took his bike; he wanted to learn how to defend himself. But people in the town didn't think he had it in him, Cassius wanted to prove them wrong.
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You will see, I'm gonna show you what I can do!
You are too small! You can't be a boxer!
Cassius was passionate about boxing by the age of eight. He would go to the boxing gym every day, never took a day off. He was trying to prove himself to everyone that he is worthy of boxing and people started noticing that he was actually really good. He knew exactly what he was doing and knew every technique in the book.
every day after school...
I'm gonna do this, I got this. I'm gonna be the best I can be.
Cassius was always a competitive kid and wanted to be the best he could be so he worked hard. Clay would compete in small challenges/matches at the gym he was boxing in. He was always smaller than his competitor, but that never scared him. He would put everything into his fights even the little ones and won most of them. This was the time when people starting seeing his talent and how hard he worked for it.
Yes! I wonnn!
Cassius Clay won this match..
At the very young age of eighteen, Clay was headed to the Olympics as a heavyweight boxer to compete for the greatest. Like I said, people watched him for weeks and saw he never stopped boxing so they recruit him and thought he was ready to compete for the best. Lone behold he was the best, he came back home to Kentucky with a gold medal to show he was the best. But that wasn't enough, he always fought lower stake boxers but now he wanted to fight higher ranked boxers.
And the winner is.... Cassius Clay.
After Clay came back with his gold medal, he worked twice as hard so he can beat the higher ranked boxers. A group named Louisville Sponsoring Group agreed to help Clay with his career. It was rare but it was a group of white men willing to look after a young black man and his dreams. Clay received a great deal and made money faster than any other boxer with the help of the group. Most boxers have to work side jobs to make money but the group wanted Clay to focus on his boxing.
We can help make all your dreams come true.
Okay, I trust you to make things happen.
As Clay got older his boxing career was at its peak and entertainment loved him and everything he did. Since he was older he was getting more involved in civil rights movements and talked about it a lot. He was getting tired of hearing about segregation and racism and no one doing anything about it. Because of him speaking out and actually saying things about civil rights and not avoiding it, he was catching people's attention and they wanted more stories and more news. He was the one person who gave it to them.
Yes, someone needs to speak up!
No one is talking about the segration and racism happening. But I will!