For over 30 years, the legendary sports journalist Howard Cosell pulled no punches. Cosell said of himself, "Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There's no question that I'm all of those things." His blustery, cocksure personality ensured that this larger-than-life sports commentator remains as well known today as any of the athletes he covered.
This recording has both the first fight in Miami February 25, 1964 and the May 25, 1965 rematch. At the time of the first bout, Cassius Clay had not yet changed his name to Muhammad Ali. The heavyweight champion of the world in early 1964 was a seemingly unbeatable behemoth known as Sonny Liston.