Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 52

Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 8:00 am
[size=120:yosl69ta] Ali-Liston: Memories of the moment[/size:yosl69ta][i:yosl69ta]We asked, you answered. here are some of the memories you, the readers, shared with us when we asked for volunteers: [/i:yosl69ta]"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.... ... nt/1699614Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Mon May 18th, 2015 5:30 am
EXTRA POINTS [size=120:22zdddk6]BDN’s Bud Leavitt was ringside for the Ali-Liston fight 50 years ago[/size:22zdddk6] 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 … ... years-ago/
Posted by: MBR on Mon May 18th, 2015 5:43 am
[size=120:2nsv23sg]The Hot Corner: Special section for the ages not without phantom panic[/size:2nsv23sg]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. ... ic/1707621Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sun May 24th, 2015 5:50 am
[size=120:1t0z5puj]The Maine moment that made Muhammad AliHow a fight no other city wanted landed in Lewiston, Maine ... and changed history.[/size:1t0z5puj]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. ... ammad-ali/Portland Press Herald - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sun May 24th, 2015 5:52 am
[size=120:3jap32gi]Poland boy, 8, befriended Sonny Liston, invited him to classFifty years later, Michael Feldman recalls the impact of the former heavyweight champion’s visit to his elementary school.[/size:3jap32gi]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. ... -a-friend/Portland Press Herald - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sun May 24th, 2015 6:02 am
[size=120:1fzv28j4]Ali, Lewiston subjects of documentary by Portland filmmaker'Raising Ali: A Lewiston Story' is more than just a look back into 1965.[/size:1fzv28j4]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.” ... lmmaker-3/Central Maine (KJ + Sentinel ) - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sun May 24th, 2015 6:05 am
It will be shown on MPBN at 9 p.m. Monday, the anniversary of the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston fight. It will also be screened starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, where the match was held. Tickets are $10 or $12 for that two-hour event.
Posted by: MBR on Tue May 26th, 2015 5:03 am
Be sure to check out this interactive guide put together by the SJ .."Phantom Punch" turns 50includes:Interactive guide to our stories, photos, audio and videoAudio: Listen to the radio broadcast from the fightVideo: Can you see the punch?Interactive timeline of the fighters' careersNewspaper coverage & readers' memories from 1965
Posted by: MBR on Fri May 26th, 2017 4:26 am
Ali anniversary in Lewiston(Portland) Fifty two years ago the Boxing world had its eye on Lewiston, Maine. The late great Muhammad Ali shocked the sports world when he fought Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship on May 25th, 1965 in Lewiston, ME. The fight originally was supposed to take place at the old Boston Garden but instead was moved to Maine with less than three weeks to go in the fight! ... n-lewiston