Midway through the first round, Liston was knocked down by a difficult-to-see blow the press dubbed a "phantom punch. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a unanimous decision.
He was much faster than other fighters his size. Referee Tony Perez mistakenly thought he heard the bell ending the round and stepped between the two fighters as Ali was pressing his attack, giving Frazier time to recover.
Ali officially had 61 fights, winning 56 of them and 37 by KO. Ali knocked out Foreman in the eighth round to regain the title of Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.
At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout. Cassius won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics. Based on Clay's uninspired performance against Jones and Cooper in his previous two fights, and Liston's destruction of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs, Clay was a 7—1 underdog.
He won a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker, who was the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia.
On June 1,Ali removed his shirt and jacket and confronted professional wrestler Gorilla Monsoon in the ring after his match at a World Wide Wrestling Federation show in Philadelphia Arena.
Veteran boxing writer John Condon called it "the greatest event I've ever worked on in my life. In the final round, Frazier knocked Ali down with a vicious left hook, which referee Arthur Mercante said was as hard as a man can be hit. He would come up with rhymes and sayings designed to cut down his opponent and pump himself up.
The Holmes fight is said to have contributed to Ali's Parkinson's syndrome. The two almost came to blows over the name issue in a pre-fight interview with Howard Cosell. January 17, in Louisville, Kentucky Died: In one of the tougher fights of his life, Ali stopped his opponent in round Proposed motivations include threats on his life from the Nation of Islam, that he had bet against himself and that he "took a dive" to pay off debts.
The pre-match hype was as great as ever. Clay was knocked down by both Sonny Banks and Cooper. Frazier eventually won the fight and retained the title with a unanimous decision, dealing Ali his first professional loss.
He was reported to say, "That computer was made in Alabama. To make things even more interesting, Joe Frazier was part of the color commentary team. Muhammad Ali has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 38 times, second only to basketball great Michael Jordan.
Despite nailing the role, Smith said he had turned it down for over 8 years before agreeing to it.
Tex Maule later wrote: First fight against Joe Frazier Main article: At the end of round four, Clay was returning to his corner when he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer, Angelo Dundeeto cut off his gloves.
After the fight, the year-old Ali retired for good with a career record of 56 wins, five losses and 37 knockouts. While he got up at the count of 9, the referee ended the bout. He once said that Sonny Liston smelled "like a bear" and that Ali was going to "donate him to a zoo.
InAli agreed to a fight with Antonio Inoki who was known for his drop-kicks and violent grapples. Sports Illustrated clearly loved him, because they put him on the cover 37 different times.
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Considered the athlete of the 20th century, Ali took up causes outside the boxing ring and made a. Unable to earn a living from boxing, and at a time when opposition to the Vietnam War was growing, Ali supported himself by speaking at colleges and universities.
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