On May 8, 1967 Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., more commonly known as Mohammad Ali was formally charged because of his decision dodge the draft during the Vietnam War. His refusal to join his piers in combat caught the the eye of the law as well as the public media. He originally used is Islamic faith as a reason to not get drafted, but that did not go over well. He was stripped of his title by the World Boxing Association and given a court date. The decision was made that he was found guilty of draft evasion. His sentence included a $10,000 fine, five years in prison and a ban from professional boxing for three years.
Ali would go on to appeal the charges but still would not fight until 1970 when he went against Jerry Quarry, winning in three rounds. He continued boxing, and would end up taking part in what is known as the ‘fight of the century.’ On March 8, 1971. Ali would lose in 15 rounds to Joe Frazier. This was his first professional loss. Later that year on June 28 his draft evasion charges were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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