Who was the first black boxer to knock down Muhammad Ali?

April 20, 2019 Off By idswater

Who was the first black boxer to knock down Muhammad Ali?

As so many black Mississippians did, his father headed north and took a job in an auto factory when Lucien was young and Lucien followed him there. So, the first professional fighter to knock down the legendary Muhammad Ali was a largely unknown Mississippian. And what happened to Lucien “Sonny” Banks? You could look it up. I did.

When did Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston fight?

May 25th 1965 — Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston, Lewiston, Maine, KO 1. Because of the unexpected ending of the first bout, boxing authorities ordered a rematch, this time with Liston as challenger. The ending of the second fight remains one of the most controversial in boxing history.

Who was the first boxer to knock out Sonny Liston?

Most of his victories were early knockouts. But on May 10, 1965 in Philadelphia, Banks fought Leotis Martin, an accomplished fighter who would later knock out Sonny Liston. This time, Banks took a horrific beating and the referee did not stop the fight. Martin knocked out Banks in the ninth round. Boxing was, and is, a terribly brutal sport.

When did Muhammad Ali lose his boxing title?

An undefeated Ali won the undisputed title from Sonny Liston in Miami Beach in 1964, and successfully defended his belt 9 times. Ali never lost his title in the ring, he had it stripped by boxing authorities in 1967, for refusing induction into the armed forces in 1967.

Who was the Boxer that knocked Muhammad Ali out?

And famously Henry Cooper knocked Ali down in the 3rd round of their fight with a sweet left hook – to be honest Cooper’s shot Ali didn’t see coming and he was very closed to being knocked out then but Dundee saved him with an issue with the glove.

Who is the only person to have stopped Muhammad Ali?

Holmes is the only fighter to have stopped Muhammad Ali and the only man still alive to have beaten Ali. Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts, including victories over Ken Norton (the man he defeated in 1978 for WBC Championship), Ali, Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon, Carl Williams and Marvis Frazier.

Most of his victories were early knockouts. But on May 10, 1965 in Philadelphia, Banks fought Leotis Martin, an accomplished fighter who would later knock out Sonny Liston. This time, Banks took a horrific beating and the referee did not stop the fight. Martin knocked out Banks in the ninth round. Boxing was, and is, a terribly brutal sport.

Who was the first boxer to knock Cassius Clay down?

What is not in doubt was that Sonny Liston, with a single loss in his professional career, had become the heavyweight champion. Sonny Banks had become the first professional boxer to knock Cassius Clay down during the latter’s 11 th bout, although Clay arose from the canvas to win by 4 th round knockout.