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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:48 am

Ali-Liston 50th: A college student's close encounters

LIVERMORE — Thousands of tri-county residents got within shouting distance of Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston during the lead-up to May 25, 1965.

Jim Kennison was close enough to reach out and touch the combatants in the heavyweight title fight that made Lewiston world-famous.

Wisely, the Livermore man settled for photos, autographs, and a lifetime worth of memories.

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:49 am

Ali-Liston 50th: Couturier play big role in helping land fight

In a Sports Illustrated feature that documented his connection with the second Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston fight, Robert Couturier was depicted as a man who had zero interest in boxing.

According to Couturier’s widow, Monique, that piece might have understated the issue.

“He thought it was ridiculous, because he thought boxing was totally asinine, people punching each other,” she said. “He didn’t have a sense of it. I didn’t either. A lot of people didn’t.”

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:52 am

Ali-Liston 50th: Mason's memories signed, sealed, delivered

LISBON — The signature is fading, but the memories haven’t.

Gina Mason was 5 when her father, car dealer Chauncey Crafts, brought her to Holiday Inn (now Fireside Inn) in Auburn for a peek at Muhammad Ali’s training camp.

What was designed as an educational excursion to watch preparations for the Ali title defense against Sonny Liston became a chance meeting with the champion, and a brief exchange that has endured for a lifetime.

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 6:55 am

Ali-Liston 50th: Harvie brothers never had their chance to run

LEWISTON — Fifty years cause legends to grow beyond recognition, of course, but it’s safe to say Bates College students used their cleverness to concoct a variety of free passageways into the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston rematch at St. Dominic’s Arena.

Brothers Al and Keith Harvie came by their complimentary admission honestly, in a paid capacity. As it turned out, though, they didn’t have to work nearly as hard as their peers.

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 16, 2015 7:00 am

Ali-Liston: Memories of the moment
We asked, you answered. here are some of the memories you, the readers, shared with us when we asked for volunteers:

"I was present at the Muhammad Ali fight. I did not see the knockout punch. However, on the next day, which was a Sunday, my family went to Holiday Inn in Auburn as we did many times to rent out a room at the motel, so our kids could use the pool. My son (Steve) was five years old at the time. We met Muhammad while sitting at a table on the lawn and a nice conversation was had. During our meeting, a newsreel company came. They went on camera, and his personality changed completely. Once the interview was over he became a very nice, soft-spoken gentleman....

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 18, 2015 4:30 am

EXTRA POINTS
BDN’s Bud Leavitt was ringside for the Ali-Liston fight 50 years ago

The world “legend” is overused these days in the world of sports, but it accurately describes the late Ralph W. “Bud” Leavitt Jr., a former Bangor Daily News executive sports editor and outdoors columnist. When Bud entered a room, he took it over with his resonating voice, charisma, and a …

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 18, 2015 4:43 am

The Hot Corner: Special section for the ages not without phantom panic

So, true confession: I dreaded our Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston project, with the same fear and anxiety that accompany a root canal or aversion therapy that involves reptiles or rodents.

Overreact much? Probably. The golden anniversary of this infamous shindig coming to Lewiston was worthy of hip-hooray and ballyhoo, of course. But there’s a diminishing returns principle involved in shouting “Extra! Extra!” every time that anniversary year ends in a zero.

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 24, 2015 4:50 am

The Maine moment that made Muhammad Ali
How a fight no other city wanted landed in Lewiston, Maine ... and changed history.


Fifty years ago, they came to an off-the-beaten-path mill town called Lewiston looking to settle a score during unsettled times, two unpopular boxers staging a fight that other cities were afraid to host.

Muhammad Ali was the new heavyweight champion with the new name that mainstream America wasn’t ready to acknowledge, a mouthy 23-year-old many wanted to see humbled.

Sonny Liston was the illiterate ex-con of unknown age, a brawler viewed as brooding and brutish and a relic of a bygone era in boxing when the mob was in control.

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 24, 2015 4:52 am

Poland boy, 8, befriended Sonny Liston, invited him to class
Fifty years later, Michael Feldman recalls the impact of the former heavyweight champion’s visit to his elementary school.


POLAND — Michael Feldman still calls Sonny Liston his “friend,” even though they knew each other for only two weeks 50 years ago.

Liston was the former heavyweight champion who came to stay at the the Poland Spring House, the hotel owned by Feldman’s grandfather Saul.

Michael was an impressionable 8-year-old so naive that he actually summoned the nerve to ask Liston if he would visit his school while he was in town training for a championship rematch with Muhammad Ali.

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Re: Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 24, 2015 5:02 am

Ali, Lewiston subjects of documentary by Portland filmmaker
'Raising Ali: A Lewiston Story' is more than just a look back into 1965.


Portland filmmaker Gary Robinov was handed a challenge this spring: Create a documentary about a 50-year-old boxing match and its continued resonance in Lewiston.

He went to work, with a $20,000 operating budget and eight weeks to deliver a 27-minute product to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He knocked out 15 interviews over the course of three days, combed through video and still photographs, and wound up with “Raising Ali: A Lewiston Story.”

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