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CD Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston 2 Radio Broadcast [Live]
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CD Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston 2 Radio Broadcast [Live]

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This is the original radio broadcast of the fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. This is the rematch in 1965. Because of the unexpected ending of the first bout, the World Boxing Council ordered a rematch, this time with Liston as challenger. The World Boxing Association disagreed, as immediate rematches were against its rules, and stripped Ali of his title. Originally scheduled for Boston Massachusetts in November 1964, the fight was postponed six months when Ali needed emergency surgery for a strangulated hernia. However, since the promoters did not have a license in Massachusetts the fight eventually was moved to a small auditorium in Lewiston, Maine the state's second largest city. Due to the remote location (140 miles north of Boston), only 2,434 fans were present, setting the all-time record for the lowest attendance for a heavyweight championship fight. It remains the only heavyweight title fight held in the state of Maine. The ending of the second fight remains one of the most controversial in boxing history. Midway through the first round, Liston fell to the canvas, in what many have argued was not a legitimate knockdown. Referee Jersey Joe Walcott, a former world heavyweight champion himself, appeared confused after Ali refused to retreat to a neutral corner. Instead, Ali stood over his fallen opponent, gesturing and yelling at him, "Get up and fight, sucker!" The moment was captured by ringside photographer Neil Leifer, and has become one of the most iconic images in sports. The photograph of the knockdown of this fight is one of the most heavily promoted photos in the history of the media, and was even chosen as the cover of the Sports Illustrated special issue, "The Century's Greatest Sports Photos." Ali then posed over him, with his fists in the air celebrating the knockdown. ClassicSportsAudio, CD Audio Format.

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