Fans react to vintage video of Muhammad Ali fleeing Las Vegas Casino as Sonny Liston shoots blanks after constant trolling from “The Greatest”


Fans react to vintage video of Muhammad Ali fleeing Las Vegas Casino as Sonny Liston shoots blanks after constant trolling from “The Greatest”

Sonny Liston shot a blank towards Muhammad Ali (Image Courtesy - YouTube)

The mind games played by Muhammad Ali in his fighting days were unmatched. Ali’s trash-talk took the rivalry against Sonny Liston to a level the boxing world had never seen before. Liston was so tired of Ali’s troll that he decided to give him a taste of his own medicine at a Casino.

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Boxer known as “The Greatest”, before going by the name of Muhammad Ali was a youngster named Cassius Clay in the boxing world. Clay earned his shot against the legendary Sonny Liston in 1964. In the lead-up to the fight, to mentally disturb Liston, Ali decided to take the mind games to a whole other level.

In the leading months to the super fight, Ali decided to go around in a bus with a speakerphone in his hand screaming, “Sonny Liston is a great but will fall in eight.” The youngster who was going to take part in the 20th fight of his career was brave enough to go to Liston’s face and taunt him. He even followed him all the way to the Desert Inn Casino in the Las Vegas strip, Nevada.

Liston, who had enough of Muhammad Ali’s troubles decided to scare him away by shooting blanks aimed at him. Liston bent over as though he was going to shoot dice and pulled out his gun and started firing. Only after Ali fled the casino, Liston revealed to the public that he in fact was just shooting blanks.

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Twitter reacts to Sonny Liston shooting blanks at Muhammad Ali in casino

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Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali

The video that has surfaced on the internet is a clip from the movie, “The Greatest” where the infamous shooting incident was re-enacted. Sonny Liston was played by actor, Roger E. Mosley. Twitter was truly entertained by this scene and reacted hilariously to the 22-year-old Muhammad Ali not thinking twice before running out of the casino.

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Muhammad Ali however had the last laugh after this incident as he went on to shock the world by defeating the great Sonny Liston in 1964 at the Liston-Clay fight. The two once again fought a year later and Ali once again shocked the world with a first-round knockout, which practically ruined the career of Sonny Liston.

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