Daily Archives: May 25, 2015

Ali knocks out Liston in first round of rematch 50 years ago this hour (May 25 1965)

Video: 'Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston (May 25, 1965) -XIII-'

(Tuesday, May 25, 1965, 10:30 p.m. EDT) — Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their world heavyweight title rematch tonight in Lewiston, Maine.

Ali’s victory generated controversy over whether he’d truly connected when he sent Liston crashing to the canvas with a right to the head, or whether it was a “phantom punch,” implying that the fight had been fixed.