In one of the most iconic and controversial moments of his career, Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston and yells at him after knocking the former champ down in the first round of their 1965 rematch. Skeptics dubbed it “the Phantom Punch,” but films show Ali’s flashing right caught Liston flush, knocking him to the canvas. Refusing to go to a neutral corner, Ali stood over Liston and told him to “get up and fight, sucker." Ali, the heavyweight boxing legend who fought opponents in the ring and on behalf of social justice outside of it, has died at 74 years old. (Neil Leifer)
Muhammad Ali holding Malcolm X’s daughter Qubilah, surrounded by young fans at his training camp in Miami, January 1964.
The kids are holding up 8 fingers because Muhammad predicated he’d win the
World Heavyweight Championship
fight against Sonny Liston in 8 rounds as the underdog. The defending champ Liston predicted he’d win in 2. Ali ended up winning in 7 rounds on February 25, 1964.
“The Colored Idea Band” of Sonny Clay arrives in Sydney, 1928.
troupe got into trouble when African-American band members were accused
of having interracial relationships with Australian women. All of the
remaining Australian shows were cancelled after this incident and
several members of “Sonny Clay and the Colored Idea” were deported. African American bands were banned from
visiting Australia until 1954.
In January 1928, bandleader Sonny Clay brought his band to Australia to tour with an African-American vaudeville production called “Sonny Clay and the Coloured Idea”. The production included thirty-five singers, musicians and dancers. The tour was well-received but ended abruptly when band members were accused of having relations with white Australian women. The band was deported and Australia’s Federal Cabinet barred “colored” artists from entering the country. The ban continued until 1954, when Louis Armstrong became the first African American to bring an African American band to the country in 26 years.
Hood Collection of the State Library of New South Wales
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
- Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali stares at a picture of boxer Sonny LIston who he was training to fight at the time.
Because Will is an insecure person and there’s always going to be a part in the back of his mind that tells him he’s not good enough for Sonny. Title from Clay Aiken’s “Everything I Have”.
Since before they even started dating, Will’s always felt like he’s not good enough for Sonny. They both know that. Up until they got married, Sonny continued to ensure Will that his insecurities were silly, that he was exactly where he wanted to be, and that he loved Will more than life itself.
After they became husbands, Will slowly pushed aside his feelings that Sonny deserved better than him. He knew Sonny wasn’t the type of person to just marry someone if he didn’t want to be married to them.
So, over the years, Will gradually came to be secure with himself and accept that he was more than adequate enough to have Kiriakis attached to the end of his name. Nevertheless, every once in a while throughout their marriage, Will’s insecurities bubbled up to the surface and made him occasionally feel once again that Sonny was too good for him and Sonny was always there to assure him he was.