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On February 25, 1964, in Miami Beach, Florida, the Heavyweight Champion of the World Sonny Liston is seemingly unbeatable. Liston a truly ferocious fighter who had trampled through the heavyweight division en route to two title bouts with previous champion Floyd Patterson, doing the unthinkable by knocking Floyd out in the first round twice. No one believed that anyone then living could beat Sonny Liston. Even the ranked challengers did not seem anxious for a title shot -- a situation unparalleld in boxing history.
Liston, a 215-pound wrecking machine with an incredible 84-inch reach, was the most feared fighter in the history of boxing. Sonny Liston had emerged from prison in the early 1950s to win the mid-west Golden Gloves. Immensely strong with a great natural left, he compiled a professional record of 14-1 from 1953 to 1956, when he was sent back to prison for assaulting a policeman. Released in 1957, a new and improved Liston clubbed his way through the heavyweight division.
Young and handsome Cassius Clay, dubbed “The Louisville Lip” by newsmen for the non-stop way he ran his mouth, was a teenaged boxing protege. He capped his sterling amateur career by winning the Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.
Turning pro under the sponsorship of a group of Louisville businessmen, Clay was undefeated for the next three years, stunning boxing people with his skill, speed and braggadocio, even daring to name the round in which he would dispatch his opponents and usually making good on his predictions.
This is possibly the first major satellite sports relay from the USA and seen live in middle of night by 7 million UK viewers via the BBC. It was introduced by Steve Ellis and Joe Louis with BBC commentary from Harry Carpenter live in Miami.
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