'Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see' said Muhammad Ali when he fought against Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Champion title. Hailed as one of the greatest sportsmen of the century, Ali is considered an American hero and an embodiment of strength, vigour and talent. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., Ali changed his name to Muhammad Ali in the 70s when he converted to Islam. A twist of fate led him to the boxing ring, when Ali, then, a young boy of 12 had his bike stolen. When he told the police officer he wanted to beat up the thief, he was advised to first learn fighting. The police officer was none other than Joe Martin who was Ali's boxing coach. He began training Ali soon after their first meeting and that is how the legend was born.
Winning innumerable prizes, fight after fight, Ali had become very popular. He was fondly known as The Greatest, The People's Champion, and The Louisville Lip. Years of hard work and unwavering dedication had made him an Olympic winner and the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, thrice. The book Muhammed Ali: The King of the Ring by Louis Helfand tells the tale of a boy from Kentucky who went on to become an internationally recognised sportsman. Helfand talks about Ali's life, the challenges he faced as an African-American, his decision to convert to Islam, his arrest for draft evasion charges, his exile, later years and his personal life. Order your copy of this wonderfully illustrated book of this legend and enjoy as you read about his struggles, successes and a vibrant life.