If Muhammad Ali’s bike wasn’t stolen when he was 12, he would never have boxed

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Muhammad Ali — then a 12-year-old Cassius Clay, and the proud owner of a shiny $60 bicycle - pedalled to a fair at the Columbia Gym in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

When the show was over, the bike was gone.

In tears, Cassius sought out policeman Joe Martin.

“If I find the kid who stole my bike,” he said, “I’ll whup him.”

Martin told him that he’d better learn how to box before he went out looking for a fight, and offered to let him join the boxing classes he ran in the gym.

He never got his bike back.

But six weeks later, he got in a ring with another twelve-year-old, and beat him.

And the rest is history…

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