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Magnificent 1965 Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II Signed Collage - Complete with Tickets, Program & More

Magnificent 1965 Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II Signed Collage - Complete with Tickets, Program & More

Featured herein is what may be the most definitive display of the infamous 1965 Muhammad Ali – Sonny Liston II (“Phantom Punch”) fight ever done. Created by noted sports artist Paul Malc over a number of years, this custom-framed museum quality collage is loaded with authentic artifacts from that legendary bout. Beginning with the left side, we have an actual press release sent by Inter-Continental Promotions to the attention of Jack Fiske of the San Francisco Chronicle. The release, which includes the mailing envelope, is dated November 3rd, 1964, and details the first fight between Clay (Ali) and Liston earlier that same year. Emergency surgery needed by Ali just days after this release went out forced the fight to be postponed, and eventually moved to its final location of the St. Dominic’s Arena in Lewiston, ME. Under the press release sits a signed pair of Everlast boxing shorts of the same style that Ali wore during the fight, PSA/DNA authenticated. To the right of the press release features the iconic 16x20" Neil Leifer photo of Ali towering over a fallen Liston. Ali has autographed this photo (PSA and JSA authenticated) with a very large signature in gold. Under the photo you will find two programs from this fight, one being an original on-site version and the other being an official closed circuit version, and three authentic tickets are under the programs. On the left is a full unused ticket to the fight itself at the St. Dominic’s Arena, in the center is a ticket to the pre-fight weigh-in at the arena, and on the right is a ticket to a closed circuit broadcast of the bout. Moving to the right, we have an original B/W press photo of Ali throwing ‘The Phantom Punch’ for which this bout has infamously been nicknamed ever since. To the right of this photo is a color photo taken moments later featuring another view of Ali standing over Liston, with referee “Jersey Joe” Walcott trying to move Ali to a neutral corner. Below these photographs are JSA authenticated signatures of both Liston and Walcott. Interspersed with the signatures, an engraved plaque tells the story of the fight as well as the life events that occurred to both men in the years following the fight. Below the signatures are two highly relevant (newsstand, no mailing labels) magazines, May 24, 1965, edition of Sports Illustrated and August 1965 issue of Ring Magazine. That being said, this display comes with a second companion piece, in a matching custom frame. In the second display, a total of twelve original press photos are displayed in chronological order, beginning with a view of St. Dominic’s Arena itself. Primary display measures 63x42” and the companion display measures 63x24”. Both displays are custom-framed in wood, double-matted using all acid-free materials, and protected with Conservation Clear UV protective glass.


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