55 Years Of This Great Sports Achievement

Collin Cardot, Reporter

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55 years ago, on Monday marks Muhammad Ali’s (then Cassius Clay) first heavyweight championship.
He beat Sonny Liston in the seventh round, in what “Sports Illustrated” calls the “fourth best sporting event of
all time.” Before this fight, Liston was considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. Now
he’s probably most known for losing to Ali. This title started a long road for Ali who had a 20+ year fighting
career notching a 56-5 record with 37 career knockouts. Another one of his best fights was the “Thrilla in
Manila” in which he beat Joe Frazier, notching the career series 2-1 in favor of Ali. His other memorable fights
include: “Rumble in the Jungle”, all the Joe Frazier bouts, and even fighting Superman! Though he passed away
in 2016, his legacy will undoubtedly live on.

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