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    1965 Ali-Liston II Full Unused Ticket On May 25, 1965 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali defended his title for the first time against Sonny Liston, the man he had won it from just a year before, in one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. This fight was originally slated for Boston, but moved to the unlikely setting of Lewiston, Maine after Ali's name change controversy. The fight ended in the first round when Ali landed what ringside observers coined as a "phantom punch" and Liston sank to the canvas. As Ali danced around taunting Liston, a confused Jersey Joe Walcott, who was referee, lost track of the count. When he crossed over to the timekeeper to pick up the count, sportswriter Nat Fleischer screamed at him that the fight was over. Walcott waved his arms and declared a knockout. Many people insisted Liston, long known to have mob ties, threw the fight. Ali insisted that the punch that ended the fight was legit. Liston later claimed he was waiting for Walcott to restart the count. No one knows to this day if Liston could have regained his feet and the controversy lives on to this day. Presented here is an official full ticket to this bout with illustrated shots of both fighters. The ticket is great condition with the stub still firmly attached. Both sides of the ticket are clean and display very well with only minor surface wear. A scarce Ali ticket, especially in this condition. LOA from Craig Hamilton/ JO Sports.

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