Independent from Long Beach, California on February 26, 1964 · Page 29
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 29

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, February 26, 1964
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CLAY DETHRONES L * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Liston Fears Fracture .'i Am the King ' I ' 1 By JOE REICHLER MIAMI BEACH (JP -- Sonsy listen, his normally stolid face creased with pain, and complaining his left arm was nusnb from shoulder to wrist, wzs rushed directly from ringside to a hospital Tuesday night . · His handlers feared a possible shoulder fracture. " (At 1:45 am. Miami time, a police lieutenant coming out cf the X-ray room where liston was being examined, said, "it looks like he's going to be admitted to the hospitaL") Sports on Iladio-TV Rn«ls. KHJ. 1-30 p m. TELEVISION KTLA (!· t P m. . KJUCX tai. t 33 p.m. listen didn't even bother to shower following his s t u n n i n g seventh-round technical knockout defeat at the, hands of the brash young challenger, Cassius Clay, for the heavyweight championship cf the world. Jack Nilon, advisor of listen, explained how lis- ton suffered the crippling injury. "We've been advised by Dr. Robert C Bennett, lis- ton's personal physician, that at the tail end of the first round. Sonny, trying to block a punch by Clay. took a shot on the left shoulder" said Niton. "Sonny complained cf numbness in the shoulder when he returned to his comer after the round. It became progressively worse with each s u c c e e d i n g 1,1,1 Lpmj luck. CUlf, »·«_ F«. tt. 1M4 --P«9. C-t round. The punch had a sort cf paralyzing effect The numbness moved down to his hand and by the end cf the sixth round, he couldn't lift his left arm at an. "There was nothing to do but stop the fight Sonny was simply "defenseless." Nilon, dressed in black. spoke as if in a trance as he tried to answer ques- (Continued Page C-4. CoL 6) Today's Sports Card Moo* RKin»-- Svrtp AniTa. T p.m. Prp l*sk«R*n-^-Lahfr* w CIncJnnfl* L.A. Saom Arvi. 1:30 p m Amircur tgiin»~v«rier Garden Am*. orm Hollywood. 1.38 p.m. *l/fltt»--UCLA w V- of British Columbia. Soauldinff F.c^d. 3 p.m. C»flcfl« S«immin»--UCLA ft t.l State. 1:39 p.m. Prt* Im'mm'jtt -- Wtunirr *t Wilson, S.I5 p.m. pre» Crmfi»*nc»-- Wuir »f W-lson. PoV ·t Pasxten*. bom 2.15 p.m. Prep Tr»rt--*\utr «r Pol*. X IS p.m. Prtp Trld--{.pfcrwood *t P*rtmojnt. 1:U p.m. li. . . . And new champion: CLAY * * * * * * Tin the Greatest* Associated Pr«i Wirtohctct ro\v, RIGHT ix THK KISSKK New Champion Cassius Clay connects with solid right to Sonny listen's face in sixth round of Tuesday night's title match. Liston failed to answer bell for seventh. ONCE OVER LIGHTLY 'Most Damage' to Liston By DAVE LEWIS '.·'. He said he'd do it... and he did. Cassius Clay is the new heavyweight champion of the world. . . And hell have a few minion words to say about 1 that in the next few months. He's already got a good start. ·;-. Few observers believed the brash 22-year-old Louis- *TiIl« lip could beat the powerful Sonny Liston. ..' · : And. apparently, quite a few still don't think he did ',;'.. on the up and up. I · \ Many fans at the closed-circuit telecast here begat jjtllmg ~fix" when the bout was called off with Liston · setting in his corner as the bell rang for the seventh round. *''.· And the Miami Boxing Commission suddenly pot ·sasjtfcious over the shoulder injury Sonny claims to have · Suffered and decided to hold up his purse pending an ".investigation. J _ There must have been cries of "fix" at ringside, too, · Because the TV cameras showed Cassius standing on the ring ropes yeHin; and making faces at people in the audience. And when he got to the mike, he declared "they can't call it a fix because Listen's own doctor stopped it." A late medical report from Miami Tuesday night revealed that Liston did suffer a shoulder injury and that he has no feeling from the left side of his neck down to his elbow. There has been some hanky-panky in heavyweight title matches in the past, but it is hard to believe this one was in the bag because there was no real reason for it. 'Lillle lift Action, So Xo Coup' Usually, a fight is fixed to set up a betting coup. There was very little action in the wagering marts acres* the country. · Another reason, of course, is to build op a rematch. But a close fight with Clay would have been just as effective as Liston yielding KJ title. Economics surroundms the championship today are so staggering that it is silly to trifle with the results. Although we finally went along with the ·"chalkTM and picked Uston to win, we wrote Tuesday morning that many top boxing experts were still not sure just how good Liston and day really are and questioned the 7-1 odds favoring Sonny since they obviously were based on his two quick wins over Floyd Patterson, one of the biggest hoaxes in boxing history. We .also pointed out that there had been doubts about Liston cp to his bouts with Patterson . . . and that we'd like to see him pressed hard and hit a few times to see if he was "true." And added that Clay did have ability, even though it was hidden behind his publicity Jive, and by all rights should make a fight of it. And that he did. There is no doubt but what Cassius did more damage to Liston than any other man he'* met with tha possible cxpection of Marty Marshall, a ham* and-«gger who broke Sonny't Jaw in one of hi$ early fijhtt. Cassias cut and bruised Listen's eyes, staggered him several times . . . and, of course, injured his shoulder with the last punch thrown in the exchange after the ben ended the first round. After six rounds, we had Cassius ahead by one point in the "10-point must* system used in Florida, 55-57. We gave him the first third and sixth rounds; Listen the second and fifth and caned the fourth even. After Clay's antics at the weighing-in ceremonies ·ahen the examining doctor said he was emotionally disturbed and literally scared to death, everyone was expecting the kid to choke up. Yet, he seemed unusually relaxed before the fight started and after the first round ended, the portable "creepie peepie" TV camera at ringside caught Cassius yawning as his handlers gave instructions. The third round was a classic in action for heavyweights. Clay came out punching, obviously catching Liston by surprise. Cassius cut loose with two terrific flurries during which he cut Sonny's eye. He drove the champ into the ropes . . . and finally staggered him with a ripping left-right combo flush on the chin. '.My Eyes, My Eyes' Stung and angered by day's attack. Listen fought back furiously . . . like a mad man in the final minute. Cassius seemed to tire in the final 30 seconds, but held on to win the round. There was little action in the fourth and after the round, the camera again was focused on Clay's corner and you could see him shake his head, blink and, by reading his lips, say "my eyes, my eyes." Trainer Angelo Dundee complained to the referee that Liston might have something on his gloves ... but later said Cassius pot some dirt in his eye--"I don't know how." It was obvious Clay was in trouble when the fifth round began and Liston lost little time in pouncing on him backing him into the ropes and working him over with heavy body blows for several seconds. Clay then began to "run" and wound up sticking his left out in a pawinj manner to kerp the champion at bay. Liston never looked so inept as he did in the final minute. Between rounds. Clay's handlers apparently cleaned out hii eyes because ttie sixth--and what proved to be the final round--was all Cassius. He was the aggressor while Liston was on defense most of the time. day planted himself flat-footed to punch harder-as he did for a minute in the third round. He scored real good in the opening seconds when he stopped Sonny in Hi tracks with two lefts and then crossed a right that jolted Liston to his heels. Later, he cnleased a two- handed attack to Listen's head that again had the big fellow backing off. CASSIUS SUMMED IT ALL tT with . . . "fce'f in the hospital and Fm still pretty. I haven't a mark on me. And what's so good is that I whipped him so bad." Why dxl it end earlier than the eighth in which he had predicted Liston must fall? "1 was getting ready to take him in the eighth when the man stopped it" fc* explained. "If he wand a rematch, he can have it ... but It won't do him no good for I am the king." Long live the king! *Yes, you can have rematch' * * * * * * 'I Don't Know' Shoulder's all llir blame Sonny's Purse Held as Shoulder Injury Ends Brief Reign By JACK HAND MIAMI BEACH «V--Cassius Clay, a 7-1 longshot. scored one of the major upsets in boxing history Tuesday right when Sonny Liston gave up the world heavyweight title in his comer because of a strained left shoulder. As Liston failed to come out for the seventh round it went into the record books a] a controversial seventh round technical knockout. About one-half hour after the fight, the Miami Beach Boxing Commission announced that Listoa's share of the live gate purse was being held up pending aa examination by two physicians, scheduled Wednesday. There was a chorus of boos from the small crowd of 8,000 in the Miami Beach Convention Hall at the ending. Liston had been cut under the left eye in the third round and looked slow and lumbering against the 22- year-old former Olympic champion from Louisville. day. the fourth fighter with a perfect record to win the world heavyweight crown, leaped into the air at the sudden ending and opened his mouth wide as he yelled to newsmen, "Eat your wordsr "! am the greatest. I am the greatest I am the greatest," the new champion chanted ceaselessly after it was over. "Fm the king of the world. I upset the world. I am the king. 1 am the king." Asked why Liston couldn't get to him. Clay said, "Because Tm too fast. He was scared. "I am the greatest that ever lived. "I just beat Sonny Liston and I just turned 22. so 1 must be the greatest. "F was going to end it in the eighth as you would have seen, but the man stopped it in seven." 'Liston Couldn't Lift His Arm' The press almost unanimously had picked Liston to b;at back the brash Louisville Lip, who had put on a frantic scene at the morning weight-in. Dr- Alexander Robbins, chief physician cf the Miami Beach Boxing Commission, said. "Liston strained his left shoulder. He couldn't lift his arm." It was reminiscent of the night in Detroit when Marcel Cerdan had to give up his middleweight title to Jake La Motta because of an injured shoulder. Bill Faversham. one of the 11 Louisville businessmen who have directed Clay's fortunes, said. "We told them they gave us our chance, and well give him his chance if he beat us. That was the word of a gentleman and well stand on it." Clay bounced around the ring, waving to his fans. and yelling. "It wasn't any fix. 1 closed both his eyes. He didn't lay a hand on me." When the fight ended, referee Barney Felix had scored the fight even. Judge Bunny Lovett had Listen on top and judge Gus Jacobson had day on top. The AP card had Clay ahead 4-2 in rounds. Long before there was any talk of an injured shoulder, it was obvious that Liston was far from the ominous destroyer who knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of two title matches. This was his second defense. When the ring announcer told the people that Liston had "thrown his shoulder out" in the sixth round, the crowd booed. The more cynical observers thought immediately of the possibility cf a lucrative rematch. Although the live gate was small, the closed circuit television for this fight reportedly set a record of more than 560.000 viewers. It was estimated that the closed circuit television take might send the total gate close to the $4 million mark- , 'Had Linament on His Glove' Clay was asked what happened in'the fifth round when he apparently had trouble seeing. "He had linament on his glove," the surprising boxer explained. "Almighty God was with me," Clay continued. "He (Listen) never hurt me, I took his best punches." And then Clay charged: "The man was dirty and he couldn't even hurt me." Asked if he would give Liston a return bout. Clay said he would if Liston would apologize. "Sonny Liston was not even a match for me, but he must apologize." Angelo Dundee, Clay's trainer, also was asVrd about a return bout. "Well get together if the money is right." Dundee said. "Hell fight anybody. This is the best thing that's ever happened to boxing." Liston was asked about a return fight. I "I don't know about that," Sonny answered. "You'll j have to ask Jack Nilon. j "My shoulder feels like it's broken." Is there a return clause? Nilon: "No, there's no clause" Would you like to get Clay again? Nilon: "If they'll give it to cs." Do you think you could knock him out in a return bout? Liston: 'I don't know, ni have to think about it" "I stopped it not Sonny," said Nilon. "Sonny wanted to keep on going. I couldn't send out a fighter with one arm." Liston was taken to St Francis* hospital for a further check of his injury. 'The Hi s Ugly Hear Took Cover' Cl.iy took charge right from the start, circling out r.f danger while feeding a steady left jab to Liston'i face. The lumbering champion was missing badly with his left hook and caught only the air with hit ponderous right. Near the end of the first round. Clay cut loose with a ripht-left-right flurry that made "the Big Ugly Bear" back and cover. Liston stood up in his comer at though anxious to get to work, waiting for the second to start Listen pressed the attack, cornered Clay several times but failed to land any damaging blows. Early in the third Liston started to bleed from a cut under the left eye. It was an ugly locking gash and the champ was bothered. Although Liston came on at the end of the round day had piled up an edge in the early going. Although Listen's handlers applied an ice bag to the damaged eye between rounds, the cut still was ugly looking in the fourth- Clay was Jabbing and moving, peppering the sluggish big fellow and then moving out of rarge. At the start of the fifth, day stood cp and complained he couldn't see. His seconds yelled that Liston had "something in his glove." Liston stalked Cassius through the round and the fins txxx~- as Cassius ran. The pace wa» slow in the f^tii with diy slapping out with juick Jab* that confir-ed Sonny Buy. The Clay (Continued FJgt C-\, Cot 7)

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