On February 2, 1964, Underdog Cassius Clay, age 22, defeated champion Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the World Heavyweight Boxing crown.
The most anticipated game took place in Miami Beach, Florida. Clay, who later became known to the world as Muhammad Ali, became the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times.
Liston was a reserved, intimidating fighter, a decade older than Cassius Clay, and had been a world heavyweight champion since defeating Floyd Patterson in 1962.
In contrast, Clay was an underdog who won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 160.0 Olympics in Rome. While training for his fight, Clay, a natural self-promoter, criticized Liston and told reporters that he would win by knockout. The mud came out hard during the fight, using speed and footwork to his advantage against Slow Liston. After the sixth stage, Listin, who suffered cuts and bruises under his eyes and a bruised shoulder, announced he could not be released. The Clay Technical Knockout won the game and declared to the world, “I’m great!”
On May 2, 1965, two battles met at Mem’s Lewiston. Bout ended the first controversy with the most controversial knockout for Clay, who had by then become a member of the Islamic State and received the Muslim name, Muhammad Ali.
Some people claimed that Liston had abandoned the fight, probably because he was controlled by the Mafia or out of fear of retaliation from black Muslim extremists.
In 1967, when the United States was at war in Vietnam, Ali refused to join the army for religious reasons. As a result, he was convicted of draft dodging, had his title revoked and was banned from boxing for three years. On January 1, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction, and Ali resigned on January 28, 1977. He won the heavyweight crown against champion George Foreman in “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire.
On February 1, 197.8, Ali lost to Olympic gold medalist Leon Spinks. Seven months later in the game again, Ali defeated the Sphinx in 15 rounds to reclaim the heavyweight crown. He then retired. Two years later, he made a brief, unsuccessful comeback before retiring permanently in 1981. Ali’s career record includes 56 wins, losses and 37 knockouts.
Sonny Liston was found dead at his home in Las Vegas on January 1, 1971. It is believed he may have been dead for a week by then, but the cause of his death remains a mystery. During his career, he recorded w0 wins, kn knockouts and losses.