Young Muhammad Ali, past known arsenic Cassius Clay, knocked retired force Sonny Liston for his first world title successful boxing connected this time successful history, Feb. 25, 1964.
Twenty-two-year-old Clay achieved nan unthinkable by dethroning Liston, who was past nan world heavyweight boxing champion, according to History.com.
Ali hit nan steep likelihood by winning nan conflict successful a seventh-round method knockout.
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The conflict brought 8,300 fans to nan Convention Hall successful Miami Beach, Florida, to watch nan matchup betwixt Liston and Clay, whose nickname backmost past was nan "Louisville Lip."
Liston was an eight-to-one favourite aft building a estimation for pummeling different champs for illustration Floyd Patterson, History.com reports.
Cassius Clay, right, successful action vs. Sonny Liston successful nan World Heavyweight Title conflict connected Feb. 25, 1964, astatine Convention Hall successful Miami, Florida. (Tony Triolo/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
Ahead of nan historical match, Clay predicted he’d sound retired Liston successful nan eighth information and would "float for illustration a butterfly, sting for illustration a bee."
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But it turned retired that Clay needed little clip to return down Liston, who complained of a enarthrosis wounded suffered successful nan first round.
Boxer Cassius Clay punches boxer Sonny Liston successful nan sixth information during their conflict connected Feb. 25, 1964, successful Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)
This reportedly caused Liston to propulsion a fewer swings unsuccessfully arsenic Clay delivered "quick and punishing jabs" to Liston’s head, History.com noted.
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Clay celebrated his world title triumph astatine a backstage after-party successful Miami.
It featured specified attendees arsenic civilian authorities leader Malcolm X — a friend of Clay's.
Began boxing astatine property 12
Clay, calved successful Louisville, Kentucky, successful 1942, first began boxing astatine property 12, according to History.com.
"I'm nan champ!" screams Cassius Clay arsenic his handlers hug him aft he defeated Sonny Liston for nan heavyweight boxing title connected Feb. 25, 1964, successful Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)
American boxer Cassius Clay, later known arsenic Muhammad Ali, celebrates his triumph complete Sonny Liston successful their heavyweight title conflict astatine Miami Beach, Florida, connected Feb. 25, 1964. (Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images)
By nan property of 18, Clay had clinched much than 100 wins successful amateur competitions.
Clay won nan International Golden Gloves heavyweight title successful 1959 and a golden badge successful nan ray heavyweight class astatine nan 1960 Rome Olympic Games.
Cassius Clay throws his hands up successful triumph complete Sonny Liston (not pictured) successful their World Heavyweight Title conflict connected Feb. 25, 1964, successful Miami, Florida. (Focus connected Sport/Getty Images)
After nan Olympics, Clay went undefeated successful his first 19 bouts arsenic a boxing pro, starring him to nan celebrated matchup pinch Liston.
Two days aft nan fight, Clay announced he’d beryllium joining nan Nation of Islam and said connected nan individual value of nan Muslim religion.
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That aforesaid year, Clay rejected nan sanction fixed to his family by enslaved owners — and took nan Muslim sanction of Muhammad Ali.
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The three-time heavyweight champion boxer whose electrifying prowess successful nan ringing and arguable outspokenness extracurricular of it made him 1 of nan world’s astir recognizable personalities of nan 20th century lived until nan property of 74.
He passed distant successful 2016 aft a conflict pinch a respiratory unwellness astatine a Phoenix hospital.
Angelica Stabile is simply a manner writer for Fox News Digital.