Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Muhammad Ali’s “Phantom Punch.” On this day 52 years ago the reigning heavyweight champ defended his belt by beating former champ Sonny Liston in a highly anticipated rematch at the Central Maine Convention Center in … Continue reading
The Greatest, The People’s Champ, Mr. Phantom Punch and The Louisville Lip are several nicknames that Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. acquired during his time as a professional boxer.
But, when people hear the name Ali, there is only one man who immediately comes to mind. Appropriately, he floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee into the #11 spot in my sports comic book Favorite Single Named Athletes.Continue reading
On this day, September 5, 1960, sports history was made at the XVII Olympic Games in Rome.
Cassius Marcellus Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, won the gold medal in boxing’s light heavyweight division by defeating Zbigniew Pietrzykowski from Poland.
The victory helped catapult Clay in a career where he would eventually become an international sports superstar as well as controversial cultural figure in the United States.Continue reading