Today we are learning 10+ interesting facts about Muhammad Ali, including facts about his boxing career, his religious beliefs, and more! Download and print our Muhammad Ali facts coloring pages and have fun coloring as you learn.
Our free printable Muhammad Ali facts include two coloring pages ready to be printed and colored with your magic colors.
Interesting Facts About Muhammad Ali’s Life & Professional Career
Did you know the name Muhammad Ali is not his birth name? He was born Cassius Clay! Did you also know he had his boxing license suspended due to his refusal to be drafted into the U.S. army… and then had his license reinstated by the New York State Supreme Court? Let’s learn some other facts about him!
- Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, January 17, 1942 and died in June 3, 2016.
- Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. and changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to the Nation of Islam in 1965.
- He was an activist and one of the most popular professional boxers who won plenty of awards.
- Ali never rejected giving an autograph and loved using his popularity to help people.
- Ali was married 4 times and had seven daughters and two sons.
- He began fighting after his bike was stolen when he was 12 years old. He went to the police and the officer was a boxing trainer and suggested he learned to fight.
- 6 weeks after joining the gym, Ali won his first boxing match.
- By 22, Ali was the world heavyweight champion, defeating the reigning champion Sonny Liston.
- He won the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship three times.
- Ali won an Olympic gold medal for boxing during the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.
Download Muhammad Ali Facts Printable PDF
Because we know you love learning, here are some bonus Muhammad Ali facts for you!
- Ali made his debut as a professional boxer against Tunney Hunsaker at the age of 18 on October 29, 1960, defeating Hunsaker via 6 round unanimous decision.
- in 1967, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) was stripped of his heavyweight title for five years due to speaking out against the Vietnam war.
- President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
- Muhammad Ali was great friends with Malcolm X, a prominent figure during the civil rights movement.
- Will Smith played Muhammad Ali in the Oscar-nominated film “Ali”.
- Ali traveled to the 1960 Rome Games to compete and defeated three-time champion, Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, winning the Light Heavyweight gold medal.
- Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali faced each other in the boxing ring on March 8, 1971, and was known as “The fight of the century.” The fight sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City and was viewed by over 300 million people worldwide!
- Although they never fought each other, Ali admitted that he might not have been able to handle a punch from Mike Tyson.
- Ali and his wife, Lonnie Ali, founded the Muhammad Ali Center in 2005 to inspire people around the world following his six core principles (confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality)
- In 1996, Muhammad Ali carried the Olympic torch at the Atlanta Olympic Summer Olympics.
- Ali retired permanently in 1981, with a career record of 56 wins (37 by knockout) and 5 losses, and was three times champion of the World Heavyweight Championship.
- When Ali died in 2016, thousands of people, including former president Barack Obama, paid homage to him.
HOW TO COLOR THESE PRINTABLE Muhammad ali FACTS FOR KIDS COLORING PAGES
Take time to read each fact and then color the picture next to the fact. Each picture will correlate with the Muhammad Ali fact.
You can use crayons, pencils, or even markers if you want to.
COLORING SUPPLIES RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR Muhammad Ali FACTS FOR KIDS COLORING PAGES
- For drawing the outline, a simple pencil can work great.
- Colored pencils are great for coloring in the bat.
- Create a bolder, solid look using fine markers.
- Gel pens come in any color you can imagine.
MORE HISTORY FACTS FROM KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG:
- These Martin Luther King Jr. facts coloring sheets is a great place to start.
- Grab our Martin Luther King coloring pages
- Here are some Black History Month for kids of all ages
- Check out these 4th of July historical facts that also double as coloring pages
- We have tons of President’s day facts for you here!
Did you learn anything new from the fun facts list about Muhammad Ali?