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Cassius Clay

Photograph By Paul Slade/Paris Match/Getty Images

The Greatest Of All Time was just the brash 22-year-old Cassius Clay when Paul Slade of Paris Match photographed him in training for his February 1964 heavyweight title fight with champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Few experts liked Clay's chances, and white America didn't like him, period. But Clay's speed and surprising power proved too much for Liston, and his craftiness enabled him to survive the fifth round, when he was temporarily blinded by a solution that had been applied to Liston's glove. When Liston called it quits after the sixth round, it was he, and not Clay, who was exposed.