Muhammad Ali's career in numbers

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Champion: Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) defeats Sonny Liston in 1964.

Three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.

Ali is widely considered to be the greatest in boxing history and was involved in some unforgettable fights.

Here, take a look through Ali’s career in numbers:

61 – Fights Ali was involved in.

56 – Ali called himself ‘The Greatest’ and he had the wins to back that claim up.

37 – Wins by knockout.

5 – Defeats Ali suffered.

Captivating: Ali holds a crowd after the 'Rumble in the Jungle' vs. Foreman.

Captivating: Ali holds a crowd after the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ vs. Foreman.

31 – His winning streak before he was beaten for the first time by Joe Frazier in ‘The Fight of the Century’.

14 – Rounds Ali and Frazier went toe-to-toe in their third and final fight, the ‘Thrilla in Manila’.

21 – How long his career spanned in years.

3 – World heavyweight title victories.

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Twitter reacts as Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

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The Greatest: Muhammad Ali.

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was announced overnight on Saturday and stars of sport and beyond have taken to social media to share their views on the life of ‘The Greatest’.

A three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Ali was able to transcend the world of sport with his boxing skill and ability to capture an audience with his words combining to make him one of the most popular sportsmen of all time.

The greatest featured in the greatest sporting picture. #muhammadali RIP

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George Foreman pays tribute to the late Muhammad Ali

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Rumble in the Jungle: Ali (l) and Foreman.

“He has been something special.” In five words George Foreman summed up the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

“Muhammad Ali made you love him,” Foreman, 67, told BBC Five Live. “If you dislike him you wanted more than anything to see him again so you could dislike him again.

“Beauty is how you would describe him. Muhammad Ali was what I call beautiful.

“The man was the greatest. Forget about boxing, he was one of the greatest men to appear on television, to appear in the media.

“He was the greatest.”

Foreman was beaten by Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. It took place in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and to the astonishment of those watching Ali adopted a ‘rope-a-dope’ strategy and sapped the unbeaten Foreman’s strength. Ali then pounced in the eighth round, putting Foreman on the canvas and the fight was stopped by the referee.

Ali had regained the world heavyweight title.

“Little did I know I would be facing something greater than a boxer,” said Foreman when asked to remember that night in Africa.

“He stood the test. He took everything I had and gave back worse. I loved the man. I wanted to beat him and knock him out but I loved the man.

“He called me Frankenstein’s monster. He was only saying that because it was true. I was a monster, I was a monster.”

When asked about Ali’s fight with Parkinson’s disease, Foreman said more research had to be done to find a cure.

“Muhammad Ali fought the best he could,” he added.

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