Muhammad Ali: 15 Toughest Fights of the Greatest's Career

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Muhammad Ali: 15 Toughest Fights of the Greatest's Career
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On Tuesday, January 17, Muhammad Ali turns 70. The Greatest's professional record was 56(37)-5(1) and he fought some of the most grueling ring wars of all time. Indeed, in the second part of the champ's career, he made an entire art of out endurance and attrition.

Not surprisingly, this list is comprised largely of fights from Ali's career after his return in 1970. Before he was persecuted out of the sport for three years in 1967, Ali was undefeated and virtually untouchable. 

But even as a young rising star, Ali met some stumbles. 

Boxing is a brutal sport and an extremely tough way to earn a living. Even when an athlete is as naturally gifted as Ali was, nothing is accomplished without excruciating hard work, and the slightest mistakes or oversights can cost a competitor dearly. 

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