Talk:Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston

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I'd appreciate it if you could get some pictures of Muhammed Ali's daughter as a boxer. Thank you!

What does that have to do with Ali-Liston?

Attendance Numbers[edit]

In the Ali vs Liston article it states that the number in attendance was 2,434 but in the Liston page it states something different. Which one is correct?

I dont remember the exact number but that seems about right. It was the lowest attendance for any Heavyweight championship fight... because it was held in an auditorium

Ali-Liston I[edit]

"this view is unproven, as the fight was tied on the judges' scorecards after six rounds"

I removed this part. Fighters have no idea what the scoring is in a fight, and it was clear to everyone at that point that Liston was losing and was headed towards a defeat.

I fail to see what is less than neutral about this rather good article. The fights in question were extremely controversial; in fact they remain two of the most debated fights in ring history. The article is a good summary and avoids taking a firm position one way or the other. I think the bulk of opinion these days is that Liston threw both fights, but that is by no means a universal opinion. Whether he could have won if he wanted to, and why he threw the fights is a whole different debate. Was he just intimidated by Clay/Ali's bluster? By Muslims? By the mob? Also note; Liston had never lost, never so much as been off his feet in the ring, he had latley knocked out 25 fighters including world champion Floyd Paterson. After the Clay/Ali losses he went on to knock out nine more in a row and thirteen out of the next fifteen, including Chuck Wepner who Ali could not knock out. Liston may, in fact, have been the best fighter Clay/Ali ever faced. Clay/Ali was good, but that that good? A first round knock out? Welllll .. maybe .... Nothing totally makes sense in these two fights. However you look at it, something was wrong.


The photo is captioned "Ali taunts a canvas ridden Liston" but nothing in the article says anything about any taunting. Was this the fight were Ali was standing over his opponent saying "What's my name? What's my name?" Hi There 01:08, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

He wasn't taunting Liston he was telling him to get up and fight. It was the Ernie Terrell fight that Ali kept asking "whats my name".

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Phantom Punch[edit]

It could be pointed out as well, most pro-phantom fans may have only seen Ali's left hand, missing a falling Liston (along with not seeing the connecting right hand). GoodDay 20:26, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

The claim quoted in Felix's book about the punch lifting Liston's foot off the ground is just not true. It's clear in this video that Liston's left foot is already off the ground, in mid-step toward Ali, before the punch lands. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

I've Got A Secret[edit]

Why so much about a tv-series in the article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:57, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

The fight was highlighted in Episode 409 of the TV series [Mad Men]. In reply to the comment above, the fight has a level of social/cultural significance that references to the fight in books, movies, TV, etc. would seem to be appropriate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:15, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

The problem is Mad Men is of no comparable significance and any attempt made to cover all the places this event is mentioned in books, TV, ect it would be hundreds of pages long. It's one of the most important sporting events of the 20th century. Mad Men is just another TV show, and I agree there's too much about I've got a Secret here. Jackhammer111 (talk) 04:51, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Weights of the fighters[edit]

Can any one provide the weights of the fighters at the time of these fights please?Andrew144 (talk) 16:30, 25 February 2011 (UTC)


Could someone provide a more complete introduction at the top of the page? For someone who is unfamiliar with boxing it says almost nothing, and one shouldn't have to read the entire article just to get a general understanding of what this is all about. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:06, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Paul Gallender[edit]

Removed the entries by Paul Gallender as they are a clear conflict of interest. (talk) 03:19, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

This is one of the most un-wikilike pages I've ever read. Glaringly, the overuse of Gallender was obvious to me long before I read "Author Paul Gallender claims that members of the Nation of Islam kidnapped Liston's wife, Geraldine, and Liston's son, Bobby. Liston was told to lose the fight to Ali or he would never see his family again." Who gives a crap what Gallender claims if there not supporting evidence that the claim has the slightest relation with reality? It's really an outrage that experienced wiki editors should be embarrassed by. What I quoted should remove all his credibility as a source. I agree that all of Gallender's entries should be removed. It appears someone undid the removals without comment. The page is way to long as it is. This would be a good start on parring it down. Jackhammer111 (talk) 04:37, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

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