Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 52

Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:28 am
[size=120:1vk0ww86]Ali-Liston: The "phantom punch" turns 50[/size:1vk0ww86]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.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... 50/1701326Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:33 am
[size=120:1fqnw4et]Ali-Liston 50th: Paul Dube, businessman who got big boost[/size:1fqnw4et]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.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... st/1701324
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:37 am
[size=120:20tljkrs]Ali-Liston 50th: George Mattor, 'go-fer' in the Liston camp[/size:20tljkrs]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.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... mp/1701315Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:44 am
[size=120:dfqr2q2j] Ali-Liston 50th: Barbara Harris, whose father was one of the judges[/size:dfqr2q2j]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/1701313Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:46 am
[size=120:1ra70ahm]Ali-Liston 50th: Paul Marcotte, Journal reporter who broke story[/size:1ra70ahm]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/1701311Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:48 am
[size=120:3spv6c6s] Ali-Liston 50th: A college student's close encounters[/size:3spv6c6s]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.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... rs/1701309Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:49 am
[size=120:2urulaop]Ali-Liston 50th: Couturier play big role in helping land fight[/size:2urulaop]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.”http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ht/1701307Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:52 am
[size=120:3aw56lnc] Ali-Liston 50th: Mason's memories signed, sealed, delivered[/size:3aw56lnc]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.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ed/1701305Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 16th, 2015 7:55 am
[size=120:3a5uro2q]Ali-Liston 50th: Harvie brothers never had their chance to run[/size:3a5uro2q]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.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... un/1701303Sun Journal - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers.