On This Date

Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, became boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world on Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Fla. Clay, 22, defeated Sonny Liston when Liston failed to come out of his corner to start the seventh round.

See end-of-the-fight highlights below.

Football great Jim Brown told Boys’ Life about his friendship with Muhammad Ali in our November 1964 issue. Click here to read all about it.

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