This Day In Black Sports History: Cassius Clay Shook Up The World

On February 25, 1964, 22-year old Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston on a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight championship.  Taking place in Miami Beach, Florida, Clay taunted Liston and boasted to reporters that he would win the fight by knockout.  Clay came out strong in the early rounds using using his speed and footwork to his advantage.  After the sixth round, Liston, who was suffering from cuts and bruises under his eyes and an apparent shoulder injury , announced he couldn't continue.  With only 3 of the 46 sports writers who covered the fight picking Clay to win, he immediately darted across the ring to shout "Eat your Words."




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