‘The greatest of all time’ former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali’s childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky, was inaugurated as a museum on Sunday, in dedication to the boxing champ’s life. Ali’s brother Rahman Ali, Louisville’s mayor Greg Fischer and both co-owners of the house attended the inauguration ceremony.
The pink house, which Ali lived in with his parents and siblings from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, sat abandoned, until co-owners George Bochetto and estate developer Jared Weiss purchased the house and renovated it into a museum.
Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, is widely regarded to be one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He began training when he was twelve years old and won gold medal at the Rome olympics in 1960, going on to win the world heavyweight championship for the first time in 1964, beating Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name.
Ali became notorious after resisting military draft during the Vietnam War, for which he was stripped of his heavy weight title as well as sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000, a decision that was later overturned by the US Supreme Court. Ali is remembered for stating “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me N—-r.”
During his career, Ali won the world heavyweight title on three different occasions. The boxing champion retired from the sport in 1981, and was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome.