Muhammad Ali

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I never watched a Muhammad Ali fight live. I was too young, having been born in 1972. I really didn't get into boxing until a brash, violent, and menacing kid named Mike Tyson showed up. But, like most people, I knew the name Ali. Who didn't? His name was iconic.

Like a lot of people, I didn't get to know much about Muhammad until much later in life. And I also didn't know that a young boxer known as Cassius Clay arrived in Miami in the early 60s, trained in our streets, won here one of the biggest upset victories in boxing history and soon changed his name to Ali.

  As South Florida's Storyteller station WLRN-TV brings you many intriguing stories of national interest that often have a Florida connection,like Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami.  This is the story of South Florida's transformative impact on the young fighter who would become a legend.  To mark the passing of Muhammad Ali - WLRN-TV brings you a special encore presentation of it's original production, Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami 

  • Monday June 6th at 8pm
  • Thursday June 9th at 7pm 

 

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  A home that provided the backdrop for a 1964 photo shoot with the Beatles is up for demolition, according to a notice placed in the Miami Herald this month. That possibility has some people reminiscing about old times and others whispering "historic preservation."

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Before basketball, the sport to behold in Miami was boxing. That love of sport captured the imagination well beyond the sunny sands and palm trees. Fifty years ago this week, Charles "Sonny" Liston fought Cassius Clay for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The beloved 22-year-old boxer from the 5th St. Gym stepped into this fight as Cassius Clay and people say he emerged as Muhammad Ali.

Go back in time, put on your best outfit and take your place beside the ring:

A Night Of History! Ali, Nixon & The Sixties

Jan 29, 2014

On Thursday nights, WLRN revisits key moments in history with powerful and compelling documentaries from South Florida, the United States and the world at large.

On January 30, Channel 17, relive – and reexamine - the pivotal events that shaped the Sixties through three documentaries that span the decade:

Transcript

RENE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We're going to hear now about a play on stage here in Los Angeles, though it's set in another hot city, it's called "One Night In Miami," and it's based on a real event. On February 25th, 1964, the young Cassius Clay defeated world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Clay, who would soon change his name to Muhammad Ali, celebrated his victory in a small hotel room with three of the most prominent African-Americans of the time.