On Feb. 25, 1964, the boxer then known as Cassius Clay (right) bobbed and weaved away from Sonny Liston before winning the heavyweight championship in their title fight in Miami Beach, Fla. Clay had met with Paul Silas and his Creighton basketball teammates about two weeks prior to the fight and expressed private doubts as to whether he would win it. Ali died Friday at age 74.
On Feb. 25, 1964, the boxer then known as Cassius Clay (right) bobbed and weaved away from Sonny Liston before winning the heavyweight championship in their title fight in Miami Beach, Fla. Clay had met with Paul Silas and his Creighton basketball teammates about two weeks prior to the fight and expressed private doubts as to whether he would win it. Ali died Friday at age 74. Anonymous AP
On Feb. 25, 1964, the boxer then known as Cassius Clay (right) bobbed and weaved away from Sonny Liston before winning the heavyweight championship in their title fight in Miami Beach, Fla. Clay had met with Paul Silas and his Creighton basketball teammates about two weeks prior to the fight and expressed private doubts as to whether he would win it. Ali died Friday at age 74. Anonymous AP

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