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Muhammad Ali's height is 6ft 2.5in (189 cm)

Former American Heavyweight Boxing Champion. On his passport he was listed 6ft 2.5.
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Cassclay says on 11/Oct/14
At the age of 22 Cass clay when he won gold was 187 cm tall ... 6'1 then at 25 measured 6'3
mrbobh5344 says on 27/Aug/14
Watched a video where Dundee stated "my man was 6'1" and Liston was 6'".... Ali could have easily been a little taller... but not measuring to 6'2". I buy Bayou Bill's statement.
Chris says on 5/Aug/14
I don't know what people don't get. Boxers are measured and weighed medically for bouts - Ali was 6'3
[Editor Rob: Ali had 6ft 2.5 on his own passport...]
rockfellas says on 22/Jul/14
6'2.5" is a little bit overestimated for cassius clay. A famous journalist who commented boxing for 50 years, met clay many times. This Journalist was a legit 6'1"(185cm) and cassius clay was just a little bit taller than him. Peak height for Clay was 6'1.25"-6'1.5" (186-187cm). So i am totally agree with Bayou Bill.

Bayou Bill says on 14/Jan/14
Up close to him when we boxed in the ams... he was about 6'1.5 at the time.
176,2Tunman says on 1/Jul/14
Rob,I read a very old book (from 1977)in my aunt's house last summer.I remember he was listed at 190,4 cm and 96,9 Kg.I have absolutely no idea whether this was in his boxing shoes or barefeet but to be that precise I'm assuming it's barefeet,so a little upgrade to 6'3?
mike says on 10/Jun/14
Rob, any idea how tall he is today? 6ft 1?
[Editor Rob: yeah he'll not be above that mark]
john says on 5/Jun/14
rob do you think he might of been 190cm peak
[Editor Rob: I think the fact he had put 6ft 2.5 as his height is a good bit of honesty on his part, out of bed he'd probably be a bit over 6ft 3]
ArjunaKorale says on 27/Mar/14
Knowe: How the hell can Eastwood be 6 ft 1, when he is obviously taller than 6 ft 2 Ali in the video & in everything else - even Ali acknowledges that Eastwood is the taller man! Talk sense!
Knowe says on 26/Mar/14
Ali is 6ft2,5, eastwood is 6ft1,25, in their video together, ali is the bigger man
DavidV1989 says on 26/Mar/14
If Ali says he's 6'2'' then there's really no need for those 6'3'', 6'.25'' claims...
Rahul says on 27/Feb/14
Saqartvelo, In this video Mr.Ali says he is 6' 2" (not 6' 2" and a half or any thing like that). But he is rated 6' 2.5" in most of the sites and he looks exactly that in all his fights and videos. Probably he rounds it to 6' 2" while mentioning it.
ArjunaKorale says on 26/Feb/14
saqartvelo: thanx alot for bringing attention to this yt video interview of Ali with the great man saying himself that he is 6 ft 2 inches tall. So, there we have it, END OF ARGUMENT, & yes, Ali was never ever 6 ft 3 during his entire life!
saqartvelo says on 15/Feb/14
Click Here - watch 13:08 - muhammad ali said that he is 6.2(188cm),225 pounds...maybe he said - "I'm 6.2 and a half.." I'm not american or english man and I can't hear exactly...watch guys and help me to find out, please write here
ArjunaKoral says on 5/Feb/14
Ali was the greatest, but what about his greatest rival (though I will go to the grave thinking that Ken Norton is the only guy who gave Ali serious trouble & beat him 2 outta 3) Joe Frazier??? Rob, please do an entry for Smokin Joe. My guess is that he was around 5 ft 11 (180) in prime as 191 cm George Foreman towered Joe!
Bayou Bill says on 14/Jan/14
Up close to him when we boxed in the ams... he was about 6'1.5 at the time.
Rahul says on 21/Dec/13
Solid 6' 2.5" during his hay days. Nothing less than that.
mId says on 19/Dec/13
So 6'1.5 - 6'2 barefoot.. Passport-height was measured with shoes on, no?
filmfan says on 21/Nov/13
Jim Brown the great NFL player describes Ali as 6'2'' on a youtube clip. Brown himself was 6'2'' so he knows what he was talking about.
Jon says on 22/Oct/13
No matter what his height, he was bigger than life.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 17/Oct/13
"Peak height was 6ft 2.75in (190cm)"

He got measured at 6ft2.5 and 6ft3 on separate occasions. George Foreman was 6ft3.5/192cm
Brad says on 10/Oct/13
6-3 for many years.
Larry W says on 21/Sep/13
As a friend of Ali for almost 40 years I know the height question pretty well. Up until his early 30's he was 6'3"---Maybe a quarter inch either way! He was so much bigger in person...
johnny z says on 15/Sep/13
I met both Ali and Foreman in their primes. I am 6-3.5 exactly, barefoot. I fealt strongly Ali was the same height as me within 1/4 of an inch. On the other hand, Foreman was about 1 inch taller than me, more like 6-4.5. I am very confident with what I am saying.
babu bebero says on 5/Sep/13
He was 6ft. 2.5 in when he fought sonny liston(he was 22 years old that time). Man grows until 25. If you are not basketball player or swimmer(these kinda sports increase height very much) you can only grow a half, maximum one cm more after 20 years.

So I think Ali was about 189.5 cm when he was 20-22 year old, then he grew up and his real height was about 190.5 - 191 cm(about 6.3)
ihosb says on 3/Sep/13
He looked 2cm smaller than george foreman for there rumble in the jungle fight. So he must be 6"2
Boxing says on 4/Aug/13
It seems that he was between 189 - 191.5 cm(6.2 - 6. 3.5) minimum 189 and max 191.5


It is not easy to find out human's exact height. For example , when I measure my height sometimes I am 189.5 , sometimes 190, sometimes 190.5....it is quite strange thing.

Ali and ken Norton stood about same height.

also ali and ron lyle.

norton was 190 cm, ron lyle about 191.

Foreman was obviously taller 1.5-3 cm. foreman was 192.5 - 193 cm

so we can't find out exact height. there always will be amplitude between 189-191 cm
Boxing says on 4/Aug/13
It seems that he was between 189 - 191.5 cm(6.2 - 6. 3.5) minimum 189 and max 191.5


It is not easy to find out human's exact height. For example , when I measure my height sometimes I am 189.5 , sometimes 190, sometimes 190.5....it is quite strange thing.

Ali and ken Norton stood about same height.

also ali and ron lyle.

norton was 190 cm, ron lyle about 191.

Foreman was obviously taller 1.5-3 cm. foreman was 192.5 - 193 cm

so we can't find out exact height. there always will be amplitude between 189-191 cm
Georgian says on 16/Jun/13
Ali was real big man, at least 190 cm, I am between 190-191 cm and I think ali had my height or little bit more(maybe 191 and half, it is maximum)
J BROWNE says on 31/May/13
IM 6'5 AND MET ALI IN 1981, AND I'M ALWAYS CURIOUS ON EVERYBODYS HEIGHT. ALSO WHENEVER I GUESS ANYONES HEIGHT I'M 95% RIGHT. SO ALI'S DEFINITE OFFICIAL HEIGHT WAS WHEN I SAW HIM WAS 6'3 TO 6'3 AND A HALF.
AAAA says on 10/May/13
Ali and Tyson today.
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MR.T says on 11/Apr/13
Admiral Heighth...checkout the wedges in Jean Pierre Coopman's boxing shoes...he has atleast a two inch wedge molded into the rear sole of his boxing shoes...lol
MR.T says on 11/Apr/13
Admiral Heighth...checkout the wedges in Jean Pierre Coopman's boxing shoes...he has atleast a two inch wedge molded into the rear sole of his boxing shoes...lol
John says on 9/Apr/13
He should be AT LEAST 190 cm in his prime.
Peter says on 4/Mar/13
ALL people from the USA lie about their height. Even people I have met from there claim they are taller than me in cm/in even if I can see that they are shorter....... Others wear ridiculous insoles, and when I met them by the pool they were suddenly shorter than me. The USA is a cuklture of total fakers and liars. Pitiful
alan brisco says on 14/Feb/13
he was not 6'3". And a little bit shorter than listed here.
Alý was 6'1.5" - 6'2". (187-188 cm, i would say 187cm)
filmfan says on 12/Feb/13
Outlaw, that passport shot settles the case I guess. Listed height is right.
Rob Bryant says on 3/Feb/13
I'm a former pro fighter. I met Ali in the lounge at the Forum in Inglewood. We posed for a picture side by side. We were both wearing flat shoes. I stand 6'-3.5". Ali is about 1.5 to 2" shorter than I am. The picture was taken in the late 70's.
Outlaw says on 29/Jan/13
The 6'2.5" is correct: Click Here
produce says on 27/Jan/13
boxingfan: Patterson was the youngest champ. 1. Tyson (20) 2. Patterson (21) 3. Ali (22)
Admiral Height says on 15/Jan/13
Did not tower 5'11.5 Jean pierre Coopman. Google it.
filmfan says on 6/Jan/13
Angelo Dundee stated in an ESPN doc a few yrs back that Ali wasnt't that tall. He was about 6'2'' but he carried himself as though he was a bigger man. I think Dundee also gave 6'4'' for Ali at one point though, strange. When Ali fought Joe Bugner who was always given 6'4'' there was a clear height difference with Bugner looking more than an inch taller. In photos Ali also looked shorter than Malcom X who I think was between 6'3'' and 6'4''. I think Ali probably was about the listed height.
BoxingFan says on 3/Jan/13
Trudat. Before Tyson, Ali was the youngest heavyweight champ ever. Something like 20 or 21. I stopped growing at 22 myself. For most males it's 18 or 19 but everyone's different and I've known tons of family+friend late bloomers too. He's practically the same or a half inch shorter than prime Foreman, who was 6-3.5 or 6-4.
Anon says on 2/Jan/13
I think 6-3+ is more accurate for Ali's prime. In this promo with fighting Wilt Chamberlain, the "tail of the tape" host quotes Ali at 6-3.5
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People, Ali started his pro career as a skinny teenager still growing, his trainer Dundee even said he grew a bit. That explains his early 6-2.5 listings. But I dare you find him anything under 6-3 ages 21 onwards, after defeating Liston and all. I'm sorry but for someone as prominent as Ali compared to the likes of 5-10 Beatles he dwarfed, or Wilt Chamberlain, I'm surprised it's a no-brainer that the man once easily stood over 6-3.
Trent says on 21/Dec/12
He did get listed at 6-2.5 for some fights when he was younger, so I doubt he was the full 6'3 at peak. They wouldn't have just randomly knocked off half an inch. He must have been measured at 6-2.5.
filmfan says on 13/Dec/12
I know that famous shot with the Beatles and he does look huge.Maybe it's just the camera angle or something though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 28/Oct/12
I think he was 6ft3 peak but closer to 6ft1 today...
DanMan says on 26/Oct/12
Rob: If he was this height at his peak (which I don't disupute) then why does he look so huge around The Beatles at their peak, they barely reach his nose with the top of their heads. Tallest ones got to be 5'9" tops.
swm says on 7/Oct/12
@ Rob: Is this listing peak or current?
I think that at age 70 and with Parkinson's he may well be 6'2.5" or less, however I have seen many Ali fights/docs/tv shows and I think that in his prime he was a legit 6'3"
[Editor Rob: he was being billed in some fights and called 6ft 2.5 aswell as 6ft 3, today he looks a couple of inches shorter]
magic says on 16/Sep/12
6'2'' to 6'3'' I think. He was a big heavyweight for his time. Nowadays probably on the small side for a heavyweight but still the Greatest IMO.
Produce says on 1/Aug/12
It hink Ali was the 6-3 that he was reported. He was very tall fpr those days.
Produce says on 25/Jul/12
Tyson claimed 5 11 1/2 when he was 18 in his first boxing license. Commentator used to say that he actually looked more like 5.10.
Boxing Fan says on 14/Jun/12
Having recently sat through every video of Ali's fights I can find, I can confirm that he started out being listed at 6ft 2.5 and gradually moved up to being billed at 6ft 4 at his "tallest". For the vast majority of his fights he was billed at either 6ft 3 or 6ft 3.5. Personally I think he was a legit 6ft2.5-6ft 3.

It's very common for a boxer to gain an inch in height through their listings over the course of their career. Mike Tyson for instance started off as 5ft 10 and grew to 5ft 11.5 if you believe the billing for his fights!
Sam says on 10/Feb/12
Ali with Martin Luther King Jr. looking very tall:
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Mr-KILLER-SHRIMP says on 6/Feb/12
6'1" at peak.
ty says on 22/Jan/12
whoever the guy is that said a man stops growning at 21 and a woman at 18 doesntg know what they are talking about , I was 5'4 when i was22 , by the time I was 24 I was 5'11 . I think ali is every bit of 6'3" I'm a man by the way

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