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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Source: Forbes Magazine (June 2012) American boxer, born in Louisville, Ky. he formalized his association with the Nation of Islamand adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali American boxer, born in Columbus, Miss. He was originally named Henry Jackson. Muhammad Ali Henry Armstong He began his professional career in 1931, and soon became known as a strong and tireless puncher. Ali's flamboyant boxing style and outspoken stances on social issues made him a controversial figure during the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s James "Buster" Douglas 42-1 shot who knocked out undefeated Mike Tyson in 10th round on Feb. 10, 1990 to win heavyweight title in Tokyo. 81/ 2 months later, lost only title defense to Evander Holyfield by KO in 3rd round. George Foreman American boxer, b. Marshall, Tex. A high school dropout, Foreman learned to box in the Job Corps. In 1968 he was the Olympic heavyweight gold medalist. Foreman beat Joe Frazier for the world heavyweight crown, in 1973 and defended the title twice before losing to Muhammad Ali. Joe Frazier Known as the boxing champ who lost 1971's Fight of the Century Joe Frazier was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and the world heavyweight boxing champion between 1970 and 1973. Marvin Hagler world middleweight champion 1980-87; enjoyed his nickname Marvelous Marvin so much he had his name legally changed; pro record of 62-3-2 with 52 KOs. Thomas Hearns has held world titles as welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight; Larry Holmes heavyweight champion (WBC or IBF) from 1978-85; successfully defended title 20 times before losing to Michael Spinks; returned from first retirement in 1988 and was KO'd in 4th by champ Mike Tyson; launched second comeback in 1991; fought and lost title bids against Evander Holyfield in '92 and Oliver McCall in '95; four career losses have come against Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and twice to Iran Barkley; pro record of 59-4-1, 46 KOs. Evander Holyfield 1962, American boxer favored to win the 1984 Olympic heavyweight title, but victim of a controversial disqualification, he turned professional and became cruiserweight world champion in 1988. Jack Johnson American boxer, born in Galveston, Texas, the son of two ex-slaves. Emerging from the battle royals of his youth, he defeated Tommy Burns in 1908 to become the world's first African-American heavyweight champion.
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