Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis was the third, but Ali was the only one to hold the linear title three times (the championship that can be traced directly back to the beginning).
Muhammed Ali was the first person to hold the heavyweight title three times. Ali first won the world heavyweight championship title in 1964 but was stripped of it three years later after he refused induction into the army. He regained the title in 1974 and in 1978.
Muhammad ali won the linear heavyweight title three times, and apart from that, evander holyfield won it 4 times, and lennox Lewis three times.
evander holyfield 5 times
3 times, '64, '74, '78.
muhammad ali is the only fighter to win the linear heavyweight title three times, but others who won (at leaast) partial titles at least 3 times include: evander holyfield (4) two linear titles and two partial belts vitali klitschko (3) one linear belt
Olympic Gold in 1960. Three times World Heavyweight Champion - 1964, 1974, and 1978. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
first man to win the heavyweight championship three times. fastest heavyweight champion
You don't play boxing, BUT that was the sport Ali was in. He started boxing at the age of 12 in 1954, he won the Olympic Light Heavyweight Championship in 1960 in Rome and then turned Pro. He won the Heavyweight Championship of the World 3 times and retired for good at the end of 1981.
Jersey Joe Walcott was the champion during those times, he lost his title to Rocky Marciano in 1956
The Championship (of Boxing) is four-times divided. Wladimir Klitschko owns two (2) of the major belts ("IBO" is a second eschelon title and is NOT COUNTED). Vitali Klitschko owns a belt. An Englishman owns the fourth title.
Winning the World Heavyweight title three times