Muhammad Ali was the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion that the world loved and loves. He died on June 3, 2016, at the age of 74. As is often the case with truly loved personalities, their children and family are also dragged into the limelight and such is the case of Miya Ali.
In Ali’s lifetime, he was without a doubt one of the most compelling and inspiring personalities of his age. He died at a hospital in Phoenix where he had been living after being hospitalized for respiratory problems related to Parkinson’s disease, which had been diagnosed in the 1980s.
The late legend dominated boxing all through the 1960s and 1970s, taking the heavyweight title three times. George W. Bush bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 and in most polls, he emerged as the most influential sportsman of the century.
When Ali, however, entered the world of boxing in 1960 he was named Cassius Clay and was considered an unbearable loudmouth; he taunted his opponents and bragged about their defeat at his hand. He was so showy in the ring that his fights were among the most memorable and spectacular in history.
His popularity shot up after his announcement of both his name change and his integration into the Nation of Islam. His private life was likewise busy. He married his first wife Sonji Roi, in 1964 and their marriage was dissolved in 1966. He married Belinda Boyd, who later changed her name to Khalilah, second in 1967 and dissolved that marriage in 1976. They had three daughters and a son; Maryum (who was born 1968), twins Jamillah and Rasheda (who were born 1970), and Muhammad Ali, Jr. (who was born 1972).
While married to Belinda Boyd, Ali had an affair with his third wife Veronica Porsche and the two later had two daughters – Hana and Laila Ali. Ali’s current wife (now widow), married the former boxer in 1986 and they adopted one son together – Assad Amin.
So where does Miya Ali come in? Well, in addition to the seven offspring mentioned above, Ali also had two other daughters – Miya Ali and Khaliah Ali.
Here are ten lesser-known facts about Miya Ali;
She was born while Ali was married to Belinda Boyd
Muhammad Ali’s marriage to his second wife, Belinda Boyd, was said to have begun in 1967 and ended in 1976. During that time, the affair with Veronica Porsche (his third wife) with whom he had Hana Ali and Laila Ali was the more known. Miya Ali, however, was said to have been born in 1972 which would mean that Muhammad Ali had more than one affair during that time.
Not much is known about her mother
Miya’s mother is a woman named Patricia Harvell and although all the other wives and known affairs of Muhammad Ali have been the subject to some limelight, Miya Ali’s mother mostly lacks a public profile outside her name.
Miya works at WorldVentures
According to her Facebook, Miya Ali works at WorldVentures, a brand that has a self-described goal of helping people to achieve their own dreams.
Miya Ali seems to respect her father a lot
Muhammad Ali’s children all seem to give differing views of his home life. His son, Muhammad Ali Jr. was said to have been estranged from him for a long time before his death and Laila Ali his youngest daughter had fought with him over her choice to go into boxing and after she went ahead, the two were said to have clashed at various times.
There is also his other love child Khalilah who was also born while he was married to Belinda Boyd and submitted a proposal for her memoir titled; “Butterflies and Bees: A Woman’s Search for Her Father.”
Miya Ali, however, describes her father in glowing terms when she talked about his in a video for Marchon FilmFest. She said about him;
“He’s a giver. He loves people. He loves children. He’s an ambassador for peace for the United Nations.”
She went on to explain that when she was growing up, he would sometimes bring homeless people to live with them. He was always trying to save people.
“He freed hostages…he’s done so much that people don’t get to see or hear.”
She also believes in doing good
In the Marchon FilmFest video, she said that one of her favorite sayings of her dad is: “What you do on this Earth is the rent you get to pay to get into heaven.”