MAY 25, 1965: MUHAMMAD ALI’S PHANTOM PUNCH KO’S SONNY LISTON!

By Harvey Hoffman

The fight lasted less than one full round, with Muhammad Ali knocking out Sonny Liston at the 1:44 mark.

It was a shocking result, not only because challenger Liston was favored in the match, but because hardly anybody saw the punch that took him down.

Liston had thrown a jab with his left arm and, leaning forward, took a right hook from Ali right to the skull.

He sunk to the canvas, and as he was down, Ali stood over him, taunting and demanding his stunned opponent get back up.

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