Today in Sports History: February 25

In 1964, Muhammad Ali won his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston failed to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

Ali is the only three-time heavyweight boxing champion to date and has only five losses during his 35-year career, he bested 21 boxers for the world heavyweight title and won 14 unified title bouts. Ali faced off with Joe Frazier in the “Fight of the Century” (1971) and the “Thrilla in Manila” (1974) which were two of the most-watched boxing matches to date. Another of Ali’s memorable fights was the “Rumble in the Jungle” where he won the title of heavyweight champion from undefeated George Foreman. After retiring, Ali focused on philanthropy and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

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