Today in History: Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay, 22, is crowned heavyweight boxing world champion after a shock win over Sonny Liston. In this later audio clip, Clay, aka, Muhammad Ali, delivers a poem about himself with his trademark modesty.

This is the legend of Muhammad Ali,
The most popular fighter that ever will be.
He talks a great deal and brags indeed
About a powerful punch and blinding speed.
The physical world is dull and weary.
With a champ like Foreman,
Things got to be dreary.
Now someone with color,
Someone with dash,
He brings fight fans a running with cash.
The brash boxer is something to see,
The heavyweight championship is his destiny.
Ali fights great,
He’s got speed and endurance.
If you sign to fight him,
Increase your insurance.

Thanks to WNYC Archivist Andy Lanset