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Matthew Saad Muhammad

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  • Nickname: Matthew Franklin
  • Date of Birth: 16th June 1954
  • Died: 25th May 2014 (59 years old)
  • Career length: 18 years 2 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: USA Flag USA
  • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Division: Light Heavyweight
  • Height: 181cm
  • Reach: 191cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Matthew Saad Muhammad
  • Debut: 14th January 1974


Matthew Saad Muhammad's life story is a powerful testament to resilience, both inside and outside the ring. From a challenging start—being abandoned on the steps of a church in Philadelphia—to becoming the WBC Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, his journey embodies the spirit of overcoming adversity. His early experiences with abandonment and foster care shaped a fighter who was not only physically strenuous but emotionally resilient, embodying the heart of a champion in every aspect of his life.

As a professional boxer, Saad Muhammad was celebrated for his thrilling comebacks and ability to absorb punishment while maintaining his fighting spirit. His bouts were often dramatic, action-packed affairs that left fans on the edge of their seats, earning him the moniker "Miracle Matthew." His fights against Marvin Johnson, Yaqui López, and Dwight Muhammad Qawi, among others, are remembered as classics, showcasing his skill, determination, and sheer will to win.

Saad Muhammad's influence extended beyond his achievements in the ring. Following Muhammad Ali and other contemporaries' example, he converted to Islam, highlighting a personal journey of faith and identity. Moreover, his later life, marked by challenges including homelessness and his battle with ALS, showcased his enduring strength of character. Even in the face of personal hardships, he devoted himself to charitable work, mainly focusing on helping people experiencing homelessness, reflecting his deep connection to his own experiences as a child.

His legacy, preserved through his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and remembered by boxing fans worldwide, goes beyond his professional record. It encompasses his contributions to the sport, his inspiring life story, and his work outside the ring. Matthew Saad Muhammad remains a symbol of resilience. A fighter who faced life's hardest blows with the heart of a champion, he left an indelible mark on the world of boxing and the community that embraced him.