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Cassius Clay "Shocks The World"

Updated: February 19, 2002, 10:11 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 25, 1964

Few give 22-year-old Cassius Clay much of a chance to dethrone heavyweight champ Sonny Liston. Only three of 46 writers covering the fight in Miami Beach had picked Clay, a 7-1 underdog. Most thought of him as a loud-mouthed braggart.

But the kid with the quick quip, who kept insisting he would "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," lives up to his words, showing his hands are even faster than his mouth. His long left jab keeps bouncing off Liston's face.

Clay's ...

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