Rahaman Ali (Rudolph Valentino Clay)
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BiographyLouisville, Kentucky, USA
Rahman Ali has lived in the shadow of his famous brother, Muhammad Ali, for his entire life, not that it was a problem for him. On the contrary, both brothers were as close as two brothers could be. Born Rudolph Valentino Clay, he was two years older than his brother, Cassius Marcellous Clay. Both brothers became involved in the amateur boxing program in Louisville after young Cassius got his bike stolen. Rahman excelled in boxing as did his brother. Read more... brother could have a chance at the Heavyweight bracket. History will tell you that Cassius went on to the Olympics, while Rudolph did not. After some 100 amateur fights, Rudy (his nickname) turned professional on February 25, 1964, the night his brother defeated Sonny Liston for the World's Heavyweight Title. Rahman became a Black Muslim first and is said to have introduced his brother to the ministry. Both men changed their names to Muslim names. Rahaman would remain undefeated for the next 6 years. However, in 1972 after back-to-back losses to Roy Dean Wallace and Jack O'Halloran, he retired from boxing. Rahaman's record was 13-3-1 with 6 knockouts. He remains close to his brother and both men have boxed countless exhibitions throughout the years.