History | May 25 2018

On This Day: The tale of Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, and the phantom punch

Matt Christie tells the story of Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston, a historic boxing rematch that was an utter shambles from beginning to end
Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali-Liston

DESPITE hammering Sonny Liston so emphatically the public were not convinced by Cassius Clay. Particularly after the young braggart then changed his name to Muhammad Ali to conform with his evolving religious beliefs.

The rematch with Liston was originally set for November 1964 but Ali had to undergo emergency surgery for a strangulated hernia, forcing a postponement three days before the opening bell was due to sound.

This sequel was never destined to run smoothly.

 

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