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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's funeral to take place in his hometown of Louisville on Wednesday
The famous boxer Muhammad Ali proclaimed "The Greatest" died on Friday at 74 in a hospital due to respiratory complications. He had been the three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer who was suffering from Parkinson's disease for the last three decades. His funeral service has been planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in United States.

Of late, he had made news some time ago by criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposition to ban Muslims from entering the United States and urged people to oppose the politicians who had been using Islam to advance their own personal agenda. As a civil rights advocate, Ali was also known for his anti-establishment stand.

Muhammad Ali, considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport, was born January 17, 1942, in Louisville., Kentucky, United States. Because of his outstanding career he was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. He wrote several books about his career, including the best seller "The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly".

He started his training in boxing at an early age of 12 years and at the age of 22 won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name from Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. to Muhammad Ali. However, currently he was following Islamic Sufism.

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