"NO" - Muhammad Ali, April 28, 1967
â€œI ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.â€ â€“ Muhammad Ali, April 28, 1967
Muhammad Ali refused Army induction (The Draft) for religious reasons and was immediately stripped of his heavyweight boxing title for refusing to serve the U.S. military
On June 20, 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed and returned to the ring on October 26, 1970, knocking out Jerry Quarry in Atlanta in the third round. On March 8, 1971, Ali fought Joe Frazier in the â€œFight of the Centuryâ€ and lost after 15 rounds, the first loss of his professional boxing career. On June 28 of that same year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction for evading the draft.