MUHAMMAD ALI (then CASSIUS CLAY) RTD 6 SONNY LISTON
Florida, USA 1964. World heavyweight title
“It was the first Henry Cooper fight that convinced me Muhammad was ready for Sonny Liston because Cooper could punch. Nobody gets up from the shot that put Muhammad down. After that I knew he was mature enough.
“They thought we were both crazy for taking that fight – so much so that they tried to stop the fight with all the hysteria at the weigh in and pull my guy out. That was strictly pre-empted. He practiced it twice beforehand to make it convincing. He convinced the doctor and he convinced everybody.”