MUHAMMAD ALI was stripped of his world heavyweight titles in 1967 over his refusal to go to war in Vietnam.
“I am proud of the title world heavyweight champion,” he said as his career ground to halt after bludgeoning Zora Folley into submission. “The holder of it should at all times have the courage of his convictions and carry out those convictions, not only in the ring, but in all phases of his life. It is in light of my own personal convictions that I take my stand in rejecting the call to be inducted into the armed services. I do so with full realisation of its implications and possible consequences.”
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