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Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 52

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu May 14, 2015 5:36 am

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The Phantom Punch:Raising Ali - May 25

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 15, 2015 6:00 am

The Phantom Punch at 50: Commemorative issue to mark anniversary of Ali-Liston II

LEWISTON — The city of Lewiston wasn't the original destination for the second meeting between Muhammad Ali (then known to many as Cassius Clay) and Sonny Liston, but as Paul Marcotte of the Lewiston Evening Journal wrote in a stop-the-presses, breaking news story on May 7, 1965, Lewiston would become "the fight capitol (sic) for the Clay-Liston heavyweight championship bout on May 25."

Eighteen tumultuous days later, the city and its Central Maine Youth Center, now the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, were etched into sports lore.

Fifty years later, the fight, won by Ali after what many have dubbed his "phantom punch," is still a hot topic of conversation in boxing circles, and certainly among those in the Twin Cities of Lewiston and Auburn — and the surrounding towns and cities — who recall firsthand what happened.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston ... ii/1706216

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Re: The Phantom Punch at 50: Commemorative issue to mark ann

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:23 am

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Clay stops Liston in one minute of first round

Clay Retains Heavyweight Title in Lewiston Arena

Lewiston lived up to its reputation as a fast-knockout town last night at the Youth Center when heavyweight champion Cassius M. A. Clay put away Charles (Sonny) Liston in a minute of the first round. Ring record books list Lewiston City Hall as the site of the fastest knockout in the prize ring, a Lewiston-Auburn fighter also was involved in one of the quickest knockouts ever recorded, and Tuesday’s episode was understood to be the shortest in the history of heavy championship bouts.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:24 am

SUN JOURNAL EXCLUSIVE: Never-before-seen photos from Ali, Liston training camps

LEWISTON — One of the defining moments of this project came late in the process, when Sun Journal Chief Photographer Russ Dillingham unearthed four tan, tattered, vertical envelopes, each with a typewritten date and description near the top crease.

These never-before-printed photos from the recently uncovered negatives offer a rare glimpse into what training was like for Ali — in Chicopee, Mass. — and Liston — at the Poland Spring Inn.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ps/1704328
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Re: The Phantom Punch at 50: Commemorative issue to mark ann

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:26 am

'That was a very, very disappointing performance. That little flick, a phantom punch. Bah!'

“The event itself was kind of a disaster, but the two weeks leading up to it was probably the most amazing two weeks of my life.”

The second fight between two iconic heavyweights again ended in controversy, as Ali leveled Liston with what has become known as the ‘Phantom Punch.’

Former Lewiston Evening Journal Sports Editor Fred Gage called the fight for WLAM and describes how the controversy lasted longer than the fight.

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Re: The Phantom Punch at 50: Commemorative issue to mark ann

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:28 am

Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Fifty years later, the history of the second heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and Charles “Sonny” Liston is like the gossip game many of us might have played as children attending a birthday party.

Everybody gets in line. An adult whispers a short, perhaps confusing message in the first person’s ear. He relays the information to the next person. She follows suit with her neighbor. By the time the tale reaches its ultimate destination, it has been twisted beyond all recognition.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:33 am

Ali-Liston 50th: Paul Dube, businessman who got big boost

AUBURN — Paul Dube is one year older than Muhammad Ali.

In 1965, both the Twin Cities travel agent and the world heavyweight champion were off to a pretty good start in their adult lives.

Ali had a big title and a mouth to match; Dube, a bold vision and a strong business acumen.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:37 am

Ali-Liston 50th: George Mattor, 'go-fer' in the Liston camp

ROXBURY — George Mattor was the first line of defense when the Sonny Liston entourage required any assistance at Poland Spring Inn.

On the night of Liston’s heavyweight title rematch against Muhammad Ali at Saint Dominic’s Arena, Mattor sat in the second row. And for two weeks, Mattor was in seventh heaven.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:44 am

Ali-Liston 50th: Barbara Harris, whose father was one of the judges

DIXFIELD — Watch the grainy video of Muhammad Ali knocking out Sonny Liston a hundred times, and you may never see the disputed “anchor punch” or “phantom punch” that felled the former champion.

You will see Russ Leonard of Augusta, however. His pose — elbow propped on table, chin resting on hand — never changes. His gaze, fixed upon the flagging Liston and the taunting Ali, even as all hell breaks loose inside the ring and around him, never changes.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... es/1701313
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:46 am

Ali-Liston 50th: Paul Marcotte, Journal reporter who broke story

Paul Marcotte spent only seven years in the newspaper business, and that time elapsed long before the dawn of what we know as the 24-hour news cycle.

It was still an era when you could break a story at any hour of the day or night, which Marcotte demonstrated by dishing out the scoop on arguably the biggest breaking sports story in Maine’s history.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ry/1701311
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