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Muhammad Ali... Cassius Clay... Sonny Liston...

Item # 557439

May 25, 1965

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 25, 1965

* Cassius Clay
* Muhammad Ali
* Sonny Liston
* Heavyweight boxing title fight (pre fight news)

This 24 page newspaper has a two column headline on page 8: "Challenger Liston 13-10 Favorite To Dethrone Clay" with 2 small photos and the tale of the tape.

Other news of the day throughout. Good condition.

wikipedia notes: In the rematch, which was held in May 1965 in relatively-remote Lewiston, Maine, Ali (who had by now publicly converted to Islam and changed his name) won by knockout in the first round as a result of what came to be called the "phantom punch." Many believe that Liston, possibly as a result of threats from Nation of Islam extremists, or in an attempt to "throw" the fight to pay off debts, just wanted to call it a day and waited to be counted out (see Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston). Others, however, discount both scenarios and insist that it was a quick, chopping Ali punch to the side of the head that legitimately felled Liston.

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