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1965 - Muhammad Ali: "I am the Greatest

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Title: 1965 - Muhammad Ali: "I am the Greatest"

About:  The legend of boxer was consolidated when he won the World Heavyweight title fight by flooring Sonny Liston.


The fight lasted less than one full round, with Ali knocking out Liston at the 1:44 mark. It was a shocking result, not only because Liston was favored in the match, but because hardly anybody saw the 'phantom punch' that took him down.


Liston had thrown a jab with his left arm and, leaning forward, took a right hook from Ali right to the skull. He sunk to the canvas, and as he was down, Ali stood over him, taunting and demanding his stunned opponent get back up.


Controversy continued to follow Ali, and he would lose his title a year later, though it didn’t happen in the ring. The champion was stripped of the belt when he refused to be drafted into the armed services during the Vietnam War, and he didn’t box again in a match that counted until 1970.

Decade: 1960s

Year: 1965

Region: North America

Country: USA

Society: Sport

Society: Culture

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 1

Artist: Stefan Milosavljevic


Group: Genesis

Number: 65/100

Price: 0.1 ETH


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