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Muhammad Ali Convicted 1967 In 1967 Muhammad Ali was convicted of evading the draft and sentenced to five years in jail. Ali claimed his religious beliefs made him a conscientious objector. Legal appeals delayed the champ serving any jail time. Still, Ali's boxing license was suspended, putting his career on hold for three years--when he was beteween 25 and 28 years old, the time when most heavyweight fighters are in their prime. In 1970, the United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction in a unanimous ruling.
Tags: Muhammad  Ali  boxing  draft  evasion 
Added: 20th August 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-08-21 
Jimmy Ellis fought Jerry Quarry for Ali's vacant title in 1968. Ellis defeated Quarry.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-08-22 
Heavyweight boxing was a mess after Ali's license was revoked. Ellis won a portion of the heavyweight title. joe Frazier won another portion. Frazier eventually unified the split titles during Ali's absence--and then beat Ali in their famous first bot in Madison Square Garden in 1971.

I'll always admire Nat Fleischer, the editor of The Ring magazine. Fleischer was heavily criticla of Ali's religious conversion, but The Ring never stripped Ali of the title. The magazine had a longstanding policy that pro boxing titles could only be won or lost in the ring--or if a titleholder retired or died. The Ring only recognized Frazier as champ when Ali informed Fleischer that he had effectivley retired from boxing. This only a few months before the court decision that reinstated Ali's license.
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