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Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston 20th of 61 - Feb. 1964 - ULTIMATE VERSION -

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20th bout of Muhammad Ali The World Heavyweight Championship (Age 22 Fights 19 Won 19 Lost 0 Drawn 0 ) vs. Sonny Liston from - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA (Age 33 Fights 36 Won 35 Lost 1 Drawn 0 ) Febr. 25 1964 Miami Beach, Florida, USA TKO 7/15 Entrance at 20:28 The bout starts at 27:45 NOTE : This is the ESPN HD version that didn't broadcast the last between round as well 7 sec is missing from the beginning of last round. The missing footage is cut from the ESPN Classic version. The video includes the Bear Huntin' the built up and weigh-in as well the post-fight interview from Ali & the post-fight press conference and many more stuff. Liston was the most intimidating fighter of his day and considered by some, at the time of the Clay fight, to be among the best heavyweights of all-time. Johnny Tocco a trainer who worked with Gerge Foreman and Mike Tyson as well as Liston, said Liston was the hardest hitter of the three By fight time, Clay was a seven to one betting underdog. Of the 46 sportswriters at ringside, 43 had picked Sonny Liston to win by knockout. One of the reasons that Clay's chances were dismissed is that his boxing style seemed ill-suited to the heavyweight division. He was widely viewed as a fast but light puncher lacking the ability to take a punch or to fight inside. The signatures of Clay's style the tendency to keep his hands low and lean away from punches, his constant movement and reluctance to set making him extremely difficult to hit were viewed as fundamental technical flaws that would be quickly exploited by an experienced, hard-hitting heavyweight like Liston. At the opening bell, an angry Liston charged Clay, looking to end the fight quickly. However Clay slipped most of Liston's lunging punches making the champion look awkward. In the third round Clay began to take control of the fight. At about 30 seconds into the round he hit Liston with several combinations, causing a bruise under Liston's right eye and a cut under his left. It was the first time in his career that Liston had been cut. During the fourth round Clay coasted, keeping his distance. However, when he returned to his corner, he started complaining that there was something burning in his eyes and he could not see. Angelo Dundee, Clay's trainer, recalled 25 years later "He said, 'cut the gloves off.' C'mon now, this is for the title, this is the big apple. What are you doing? Sit down!' I put my pinkie in his eye and I put it into my eye. It burned like hell. There was something caustic in both eyes." Clay later said he could only see a faint shadow of Liston during most of the round, but by circling and moving he managed to avoid Liston and somehow survive. By the sixth round, Clay's sight had cleared, and he began landing combinations. As the bell sounded for the seventh round Clay was the first to notice that Liston had spat out his mouth guard. Clay moved to the middle of the ring with his arms raised, dancing the jig that would become known as the "Ali Shuffle" Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO. Liston biographer Paul Gallender said that Liston's shoulder was essentially paralyzed by the end of round six, and his corner made the decision to end the fight. 21st bout of Ali : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vba71...