Originally written on Players View  |  Last updated 12/18/14
Today is a very important day in boxing history. On this day fifty years ago, Muhammad Ali won his first heavyweight championship when then champion Sonny Liston refused to come out of his corner after the sixth round of their first bout against each other. Ali was then known still by his birth name, Cassius Clay, but he was still the same man even back then: brash, cocky, and incredibly fun to watch in and out of the ring. The first bout with Liston to this day remains one of Ali’s best examples of all of those traits. Liston’s raw toughness and his knockout power made Ali a big underdog going into this bout. That and most people let Ali’s trash talk get the better of their judgment; they wanted to see Ali get pummeled because nobody who talked like him had existed in boxing before, so the press and oddsmakers didn’t know what to make of him. This video contains highlights of both men training for the bout, Ali’s poetry and trash talk, the weigh-in, the bout itself, and Ali’s famous post-fight comments. Video: Muhammad Ali’s first heavyweight title win The post Video: Muhammad Ali’s first heavyweight title win appeared first on Players View.
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