Posting ID : A1068509116
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Sporting Goods By Owner
AN ABSOLUTE GIVE AWAY AT THIS PRICE BECAUSE I HAVE NO ROOM FOR IT: The photo of Ali over the KO'ed Liston is one of the most coveted championship photos in all of sports This Ali-Liston fight nearly didn't happen. Just three days before their scheduled November, 1964 bout in Boston, Ali is hospitalized, requiring emergency surgery to repair a hernia. During Ali's six-month recovery period, complications in Massachusetts lead authorities to deny sanctioning the bout. The smallest crowd created the most memorable photo in heavyweight title history .
Forced to find a new home for the title fight, promoters settle on tiny St. Dominic's arena in Lewiston, Maine. Only 2,412 fans attend the May 25, 1965 fight, which ends in a first round 2:12 knockout.
The anchor punch, the controversy. Ali in his prime, 206 pounds of raw strength; Liston older and fading. Catching Liston off balance moving forward, Ali lands a lightning fast "anchor punch" to the jaw, snapping Liston's head and sending him to the canvas. Referee and former heavyweight champ Jersey Joe Walcott has trouble managing the knockdown, but Liston doesn't make it up in time to beat the count.
I purchased this unique photo artwork in 2008 from a Phoenix Art Project travelling art show that appeared at Sam's Club. It's features a pair of the same type gloves Mohammed wore during the fight and a copy of the dramatic fight photo, encased in a dimensional sealed box with a certificate of certification. I paid $375 for it in 2008 and collectibles generally grow in value. My price is $250. It's a real conversation piece and delights those who have seen in on my business wall.
It would be great for a sports bar, professional office, or in your home. For more information please call Tom at