Ali and Liston: The Boy Who Would Be King and the Ugly Bear
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Against this backdrop of political instability, of a country at war with itself, in a time when ordinary African-American people were maimed and killed for the smallest acts of defiance, Liston and Clay sought out their own individual destinies. Liston and Ali follows the contrasting paths these two men took, from their backgrounds in Arkansas and Kentucky through to that sixteen-month period in 1964 and 1965 when the story of the world heavyweight championship centered on them and all they stood for. Both Ali and Liston’s tracks are followed as their paths diverge: Ali going on to greatness with his epic fights and Liston catapulted back into oblivion until his mysterious death in 1970. Using original source material, it explores a riveting chapter in sports history with fresh insight and striking detail. Liston and Ali is a valuable addition to the literature about these world icons and their opponents.
six months. 35 SONNY'S LAST YEARS Unpromotable in the United States after the fiasco in Lewiston, Liston toyed with a strange idea of having Cus D'Amato manage him. Cus talked about it too, but it came to nothing. Sonny and Geraldine left Denver for Las Vegas. In March 1966, Sonny bought a house that belonged to casino and airline owner Kirk Kerkorian at 2058 Ottawa, for $65,000. It was said he paid cash. Or someone did. When he moved in, as an ex-con he had to register his presence
1962, p. 99. ‘the most wretched show…’: Frank Butler, News of the World, 30 September 1962. ‘Nobody got their money's worth…’: Robert L. Teague , New York Times, 27 September 1962, p. 45. ‘It will be a long time…’: Budd Schulberg, ‘The anatomy and mystique of championship boxing’, Playboy, October 1962, p. 136. ‘it was here old J.J. Walcott…’: Smith, ‘The big fight’, New York Herald Tribune, 27 September 1962, p. 28. Eventually a hacksaw did the job: Bob Smith, Chicago Daily News. ‘Floyd's
right up to the weigh-in,’ he said, ‘just so that I could get in over 75kg.’ He said because Clay was taller and bigger than he was, he couldn't beat him at long range, his normal game, and so was forced to try something different. For two rounds, he felt he held his own, but in the third Clay stretched clear. Shatkov went on to become a professor in the Department of Theory and History of State and Law at Leningrad University and later entered the university management. ‘You know if you were to
Liston at number 1, Eddie Machen at 2, followed by Zora Folley, Henry Cooper, Ingemar Johansson, Mike DeJohn, Alex Miteff, George Chuvalo, Robert Cleroux and at number 10, a 24 year old from just outside Boston, Tom McNeeley, who had 22 wins over nobody very much. For Patterson's next defence, nine months after the last of the Johansson fights, D'Amato chose McNeeley. 7 JUST ADDRESS THE ENVELOPE ‘CASSIUS CLAY, USA’ Cassius Clay made his professional debut against Tunney Hunsaker at
son being killed by an angry mob. He withstood attempts on his own life. Two of his daughters were persistent champions of women's rights, and in 1855 he provided land and symbolic support for Berea College, which was specifically designed for the purpose of providing both white and black students with a chance to be educated. Its motto is still ‘God Has Made Of One Blood All Peoples Of The Earth’. In an astonishingly rich and varied life, Cassius Clay fought and survived being captured in the