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55 years ago

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston

Date: 25th May 1965

Venue: Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston, Maine, USA

Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Intercontinental Promotions

Tv: Closed Circuit Television

Muhammad Ali
( 20 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 206 lbs

Sonny Liston
( 35 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 215 1/4 lbs


Muhammad Ali retained his WBC World Heavyweight Title with a 1st round knockout of the man he won the title from 15 months earlier.

The bout was held at Central Maine Civic Center in Lewiston, Maine, but only 2,434 fans were present in the 4,900-seat arena due to the fear of violence.

Referee Jersey Joe Walcott counted out Liston at 2:12 of the 1st round. Ali dropped Liston with a right-hand punch that many believed was not forceful enough to knock over the former champion let alone knock him out. Ali called the punch his 'Phantom Punch.'

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston