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Two of boxing's great champions met in tiny Lewiston, Maine on May 25, 1965 in a rematch to decide the world's heavyweight title. Muhammad Ali had defeated Sonny Liston in a controversial fight in Miami the year before and a rematch was quickly arranged. Because of licensing issues in Boston, the fight was moved to this small New England city and was contested before the smallest-ever crowd to witness a heavyweight championship fight in history. Before many of the fans at St. Dominic's Arena could even settle into their seats, Liston was on the canvas after a quick series of blows seemingly knocked him down. Even Ali, however, was unsure that he had actually hit Liston hard enough to put him down and stood over him for several seconds screaming at him to get up and resume the match. Amid much confusion, referee Jersey Joe Walcott declared Ali the winner by KO and the controversy escalated with the critical moment dubbed "The Phantom Punch." The iconic photo of Ali towering over Liston that night became the cover shot of a Sports Illustrated issue in 2000 titled "The Century's Greatest Sports Photographs."
Offered here is an exceptionally crisp, bright and clean Near Mint pair of the bout's 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" tickets—the yellow one for a $100 Arena seat and the blue one for a $50 Standing Room Only spot. Both the "Champion" and "Challenger" are featured.
1965 Ali-Liston "Phantom Punch" Full Tickets Pair (2 Different)
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