Who won Sonny Liston vs Muhammad Ali?

Who won Sonny Liston vs Muhammad Ali?

Cassius Clay
On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout.

Did Sonny Liston throw the Ali fight?

Convinced that a brash kid named Cassius Clay was no threat, Liston hardly trained for their Feb. 25, 1964 bout. The boxing world was stunned when Liston didn’t come out for Round 7. One of Liston’s assistant trainers later said Liston threw the fight for fear of being murdered by Black Muslims.

What happened to Muhammad Ali’s eyes in the Sonny Liston fight?

Supposedly some liniment (not Vaseline) got into Ali’s eyes. Liston’s people claim it wasn’t intentional, but some found it curious that it happened in the middle of the fight and affected Ali acutely and spontaneously (Liston’s shady history with gangsters and drugs also added to the speculation).

Who did Muhammad Ali lose is Championship to?

In 1978 he lost his title to Leon Spinks, a novice boxer with an Olympic gold medal but only seven professional fights to his credit. Seven months later Ali regained the championship with a 15-round victory over Spinks.

Who did Muhammad Ali fight for his first world title?

With his tall stature and unorthodox fighting style, Ali dazzled audiences and frustrated opponents with a seemingly limitless vault of skills. On this day and at the age of 22, Ali would defeat reigning champion Sonny Liston (pictured) to capture his first world title.

Who was Muhammad Ali’s last opponent?

The Jamaican, Ali’s last opponent in 1981, went on to beat Pinklon Thomas for the WBC title before being flattened by a 20-year-old Mike Tyson in 1986. He fought until 2000 when he was banned for health reasons. He was twice deported from the US for violating his parole.

Why did Muhammad Ali start boxing?

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) initially started boxing because someone stole his bike at 12 years old. A boxing trainer named Joe E. Martin ran into the frustrated Ali, who said he wanted to fight the thief. Martin encouraged him to start boxing first, which Ali did, starting his amateur career soon after the event.