On this day in 1967, Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title


With one of his attorneys Quinnan Hodges, left, of Houston, looking on, Muhammad Ali speaks to the press, radio and television after an all-white jury found him guilty of refusing to be inducted. The trial, lasting two days, was held in the Federal Courts building on June 21, 1967 in Houston, Texas. Ali received a sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorneys have appealed. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
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On April 28, 1967, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight championship title after he refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Born Cassius Clay, Ali converted to Islam in 1964 and cited religious reasons for not enlisting. In June 1967, he was convicted of draft evasion and was fined $10,000. Ali was also banned from boxing for three years and sentenced to five years in prison, a sentence that was later overturned.

At 28 years old, Ali returned to the ring on October 26, 1970, knocking out Jerry Quarry in Atlanta in the third round.

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