Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston “The Phantom Punch” – May 25, 1965


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Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) vs Sonny Liston “The Phantom Punch” (colour photo)

The two bouts between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston are widely considered the most anticipated and controversial fights in heavyweight boxing. Cassius Clay won the first bout in Miami Beach in February 1964, when Liston refused to come out for the seventh round. The second fight took place in Lewiston, Maine, fifteen months later in May 1965.

Halfway through the first round, Ali countered a left from Liston with a fast right, knocking Liston down. He did not get up. Ali’s right was so fast many spectators never even saw it. It was quickly dubbed the Phantom Punch and rumors began to swirl that Liston had thrown the fight. Many who believed Liston—a brutal fighter who picked up boxing in prison—had also thrown the first fight the year before in Miami were now vindicated.

Image Size 16×20 – Framed size (outside measurements 25×30)

Each item is beautifully custom framed, double matted in a solid wood black frame, with descriptive sublimated gold name plaque .

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