Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston, 1964

Cassius Clay leaped forward, to the center of the ring, and leaned over to all the reporters who had said he was a joke, a clown, a loser, a fraud. He had just made them all liars. He leaned over, and he opened his mouth wide. After six rounds, the favorite, Liston, “sank to his stool, told his corner ‘That’s it,’ and stared straight ahead. ”Liston is not coming out! Liston is not coming out!” Howard Cosell bellowed. There was pandemonium as Clay thrust his hands in the air. ”I am the king of the world!””


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