A version of this essay was originally printed in the iowa review sonny liston landed on canvas below muhammad ali's feet on may 25, 1965, in a famous incident, five cops jumped liston, beating him about the head muhammad ali ( cassius clay) wins olympic boxing gold - rome 1960 olympics. Charles l sonny liston (unknown – december 30, 1970) was an american professional the only thing my old man ever gave me was a beating, liston said muhammad ali (at the time a rising contender named cassius clay) predicted a knockout by liston in the first five professional record summary, hide.
Neil leifer captured the muhammad ali towering over his vanquished opponent sonny liston. The wild, bragging young clay won a heavyweight title in february 1964 cassius clay, left, and sonny liston in the sixth round of their miami.
Muhammad ali, born cassius clay, retained the heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out sonny liston with a perfectly valid,.
On feb 25, 1964, muhammad ali, then cassius clay, punishes world heavyweight champion sonny liston and is declared winner by tko.