At the time of the first Liston-Ali fight on February 25, 1964, Sonny Liston was the world heavyweight champion, having beaten Floyd Patterson by a first round knockout in September 1962. With an impressive knockout record to that point, Liston was a fighter many other heavyweights were reluctant to meet in the ring.
Ali, on the other hand, was fast-talking 22-year-old challenger who enjoyed the spotlight. Known as "The Louisville Lip", he had won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics and had great hand and foot speed, lightning fast reflexes; not to mention a limitless supply of braggadocio and confidence. Although Clay rallied to win, it seemed to show he would be vulnerable to Liston's formidable left hook.
This photo shows a piece of the action from their first fight and would be a great addition to the collection of any boxing fan. The photo of these two greats is available both framed and unframed.
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