10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

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10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

It this weekend's medal failure is any indication, we no longer rule the ring. USA Boxing hasn't won a heavyweight gold since '88—and nothing at all in this year's Olympic Games. But forget the present. Here are the top 10 boxing superheroes from our

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Heavyweight, 56-5

Gold Medal – 1960 Olympics, Rome, Italy

Heavyweight Champion

Muhammad Ali is arguably the most famous athlete of all time. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and was in too many epic battles in the ring to count. Before he became a sports and cultural icon, he was just a kid named Cassius from Kentucky who won a gold medal for his country.

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