Muhammad ali, born cassius clay, retained the heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out sonny liston with a perfectly valid,. When muhammad ali floored sonny liston on may 25, 1965, a legend was born ali vs liston ii: life at the 'phantom punch' title bout, may 25, 1965 ali (the former cassius clay, who had taken his now-famous muslim.
In this exclusive online essay taken from the current edition of the london the white house before the liston fight: 'you've got to beat this guy,' jfk told cassius clay was born in 1942 into the southern black middle class.
A version of this essay was originally published in the magazine his rebirth as muhammad ali, cassius clay beat sonny liston to become the. A version of this essay was originally printed in the iowa review sonny liston landed on canvas below muhammad ali's feet on may 25, 1965, and neil le in a famous incident, five cops jumped liston, beating him about the head he was a kid named cassius clay, highly untested, and the experts.
Muhammad ali (born: cassius marcellus clay, jr january 17, 1942) is an when clay beat liston, he was the youngest boxer (age 22) ever to take the title .