When was the second fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston?

May 11, 2020 Off By idswater

When was the second fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston?

May 1965
Clay, who was a 7–1 underdog, won in a major upset, when Liston gave up at the opening of the seventh round (after being clearly dominated in the sixth). Their second fight was in May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine, which Ali won with a first-round knockout.

When did Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston?

Clay went undefeated in his first 19 bouts, earning him the right to challenge Sonny Liston, who had defeated Floyd Patterson in 1962 to win the heavyweight title. On February 25, 1964, a crowd of 8,300 spectators gathered at the Convention Hall arena in Miami Beach to see if Cassius Clay could put his money where his mouth was.

When was the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston?

Sports Illustrated magazine named their first meeting, the Liston–Clay fight (Ali had not yet changed his name from Cassius Clay), as the fourth greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. The first bout was held in February 1964 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Who was knocked out in the first round by Sonny Liston?

Ten months later, Liston and Patterson met again with the same result—Patterson was knocked out in the first round. Liston was the most intimidating fighter of his day, and considered by some, at the time of the Clay fight, to be among the best heavyweights of all time. Many were reluctant to meet him in the ring.

Who was the Devil and Sonny Liston?

The Devil and Sonny Liston by Nick Tosches suggests that much of what was known about Liston was a lie: from his age and place of birth to the way in which he ended up losing his title to the young pretender, the then Cassius Clay, in 1964.

How old was Cassius Clay when he challenged Sonny Liston?

Upstart Cassius Clay (later to become Muhammad Ali) was just 22 when he challenged Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world. Liston, a brooding, savage fighter with a killing left, was the easy favourite. But the experts had reckoned without the dazzling technique of the young man who dubbed himself ‘The Greatest’.

Sports Illustrated magazine named their first meeting, the Liston–Clay fight (Ali had not yet changed his name from Cassius Clay), as the fourth greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. The first bout was held in February 1964 in Miami Beach, Florida.

When did Sonny Liston become the world heavyweight champion?

A dominant contender of his era, he became the world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, repeating the knockout the following year in defense of the title; in the latter fight he also became the inaugural WBC heavyweight champion.

Ten months later, Liston and Patterson met again with the same result—Patterson was knocked out in the first round. Liston was the most intimidating fighter of his day, and considered by some, at the time of the Clay fight, to be among the best heavyweights of all time. Many were reluctant to meet him in the ring.