The WBA and the New York State Athletic Commission stripped Muhammad Ali of his World Heavyweight Boxing title for refusing to enter the Armed Forces on this date in 1967.
~ Born Cassius Marcellus Clay
~ Born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky
~ 1960 won the Amateur Athletic Union light heavyweight and Golden Gloves heavyweight championships.
~ In February 25, 1964 Ali defeated and knocked out, Sonny Liston in seven rounds, thus becoming the new heavyweight world champion.
~ In February 15 1978, Ali lost the heavyweight title in a split decision to Leon Spinks. Ali regained the title from Spinks seven months later.