#OnThisDay, February 25, in 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay (right), in front of a crowd of 8,300 spectators at the Convention Hall arena in Miami Beach, shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston (left) via a seventh-round technical knockout. The dreaded Liston had twice demolished former champion Floyd Patterson in one round and was clear favourite.
However, Clay, later to be known as Muhammad Ali, predicted victory, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round.
Maybe he would have made good his claim but Liston, after going through six punishing rounds at the hands of the fleet-footed and loquacious Clay, failed to answer the bell at the start of Round 7, claiming he had suffered an injury to his shoulder.
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