AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch

(AP Photo/John Rooney, File)

(AP) -- EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments - photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up.

After the fight, the 23-year-old Ali called the punch that dropped Liston his secret: "It was a phantom punch."

"It was lightning and thunder - fast as lightning and booming as thunder from the heavens," Ali said.

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