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On February 25th 1964, Cassius Clay -he had to change his name yet- won the heavyweight title for the first time, a star was born, the world of boxing knew that they were witnesses of something that would have been remembered in the years to come, that young, ambitious -and yes, a bit arrogant- guy was right, he was the greatest, he had just won the title, a new era started.
What people often do not remember is that for every person that celebrate a title, there is someone that has to deal with a terrific lost, someone who’s gonna be part of the story forever, but he will always be remembered like the one on the wrong side of history.
That someone, in this story, is Charles “Sonny” Liston, the former heavyweight champion that gave up the crown 50 years ago, when he didn’t answer the bell for the seventh round. Continue Reading