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40 years ago today, George Foreman went 40-0 as a professional boxer. On March 26, 1974, Foreman defended his heavyweight title almost effortlessly as he belabored Ken Norton into senselessness in five minutes with a TKO in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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40 years ago today, George Foreman went 40-0 as a professional boxer. On March 26, 1974, Foreman defended his heavyweight title almost effortlessly as he belabored Ken Norton into senselessness in five minutes with a TKO in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Neil Leifer’s Iconic Boxing Photos

50 years ago today, 22-year-old challenger Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) battered the heavily favored heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in a bout that shook the boxing world. The fight ignited the career of one of sports’ most charismatic and controversial figures, whose bouts often became social and political events rather than simply sports contests. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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50 years ago today, 22-year-old challenger Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) battered the heavily favored heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in a bout that shook the boxing world. The fight ignited the career of one of sports’ most charismatic and controversial figures, whose bouts often became social and political events rather than simply sports contests. (Neil Leifer/SI)
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GALLERY: SI’s 100 Greatest Photos of Muhammad Ali

James “Buster” Douglas hits Mike Tyson with a hard right in the face during their world heavyweight title bout at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on Feb. 11, 1990.  Douglas came into the fight shaken by the death of his beloved, doting mother, Lula Pearl, who had died while he was training for the fight.  Then undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson lost via knockout in the 10th round to the 42–1 underdog Douglas. (Sadayuki Mikami/AP)

James “Buster” Douglas hits Mike Tyson with a hard right in the face during their world heavyweight title bout at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on Feb. 11, 1990.  Douglas came into the fight shaken by the death of his beloved, doting mother, Lula Pearl, who had died while he was training for the fight.  Then undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson lost via knockout in the 10th round to the 42–1 underdog Douglas. (Sadayuki Mikami/AP)

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their 1965 fight. Ali turns 72 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their 1965 fight. Ali turns 72 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Joe Frazier leans in toward Muhammad Ali, both posing in boxing robes they wore the night of their first bout, during a photo shoot at Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia on Oct. 2, 2003.  Smokin’ Joe, who passed away on Nov. 7, 2011, would have celebrated his 70th birthday today (Jan. 12, 2014).  (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Joe Frazier leans in toward Muhammad Ali, both posing in boxing robes they wore the night of their first bout, during a photo shoot at Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia on Oct. 2, 2003.  Smokin’ Joe, who passed away on Nov. 7, 2011, would have celebrated his 70th birthday today (Jan. 12, 2014).  (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

"Down goes Frazier!" Howard Cosell’s memorable call provided a dramatic soundtrack to George Foreman’s shocking two-round destruction of Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, on Jan. 22, 1973. With the win, Foreman claimed the heavyweight title and set himself up as the most feared puncher in the sport.  The former two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist turned 65 years old on Jan. 10, 2014. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Neil Leifer’s Iconic Boxing Photos

"Down goes Frazier!" Howard Cosell’s memorable call provided a dramatic soundtrack to George Foreman’s shocking two-round destruction of Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, on Jan. 22, 1973. With the win, Foreman claimed the heavyweight title and set himself up as the most feared puncher in the sport.  The former two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist turned 65 years old on Jan. 10, 2014. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Neil Leifer’s Iconic Boxing Photos

Howard Cosell interviews Muhammad Ali, with entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., after Ali’s victory over Joe Bugner by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1973.  (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Neil Leifer’s Iconic Boxing Photos

Howard Cosell interviews Muhammad Ali, with entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., after Ali’s victory over Joe Bugner by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1973.  (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Neil Leifer’s Iconic Boxing Photos

WBA heavyweight champion Larry Holmes sends Marvis Frazier’s mouthpiece flying with a punch during their fight in Las Vegas on Nov. 25, 1983. Holmes was called the winner by TKO at 2:57 of the first round. (AP)

WBA heavyweight champion Larry Holmes sends Marvis Frazier’s mouthpiece flying with a punch during their fight in Las Vegas on Nov. 25, 1983. Holmes was called the winner by TKO at 2:57 of the first round. (AP)

On this day in 1966, Muhammad Ali knocked out Cleveland Williams in three rounds to retain the WBC Heavyweight title. (Neil Leifer/SI)

SI VAULT: Ali easily disposes of Williams (11.21.66)

On this day in 1966, Muhammad Ali knocked out Cleveland Williams in three rounds to retain the WBC Heavyweight title. (Neil Leifer/SI)
SI VAULT: Ali easily disposes of Williams (11.21.66)

Tommy Morrison and Sylvester Stallone pose in front of the Rocky statue on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while filming Rocky V.  Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Sunday. He was 44. (S. Karen Epstein/Corbis Sygma)

Tommy Morrison and Sylvester Stallone pose in front of the Rocky statue on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while filming Rocky V.  Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Sunday. He was 44. (S. Karen Epstein/Corbis Sygma)

Orangutans in boxing and taekwondo outfits perform along with a dog weight lifting during an event in support of South Korean Olympic athletes in Busan, South Korea, on July 22, 2008. (Choi Jae-Ho/AFP/Getty Images)

Orangutans in boxing and taekwondo outfits perform along with a dog weight lifting during an event in support of South Korean Olympic athletes in Busan, South Korea, on July 22, 2008. (Choi Jae-Ho/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson forces Michael Spinks to take a knee a minute into their fight on June 27, 1988, in Atlantic City, NJ.  It was the first time Spinks had been knocked down in his professional career. Spinks took a count of four before rising, only to be knocked down again shortly thereafter. The fight was over after 91 seconds. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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Mike Tyson forces Michael Spinks to take a knee a minute into their fight on June 27, 1988, in Atlantic City, NJ.  It was the first time Spinks had been knocked down in his professional career. Spinks took a count of four before rising, only to be knocked down again shortly thereafter. The fight was over after 91 seconds. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Tyson vs. Spinks: 25th Anniversary

Sugar Ray Leonard gets ready to throw a right hand at Thomas Hearns during their 1981 fight at Caesars Palace. (Manny Millan/SI)

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Sugar Ray Leonard gets ready to throw a right hand at Thomas Hearns during their 1981 fight at Caesars Palace. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Top 10 Greatest Fights of All Time

Floyd Mayweather lands a left jab to the face of Robert Guerrero during Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas. Mayweather won by decision. (AP)

GALLERY: Mayweather Defeats Guerrero

Floyd Mayweather lands a left jab to the face of Robert Guerrero during Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas. Mayweather won by decision. (AP)
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Danny Garcia lands a big hit on Zab Judah under the lights of the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on his way to winning the WBA Super and WBC Super Lightweight title fight in 12 rounds on April 27. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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Danny Garcia lands a big hit on Zab Judah under the lights of the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on his way to winning the WBA Super and WBC Super Lightweight title fight in 12 rounds on April 27. (Elsa/Getty Images)
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