An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight boxing title rematch in Maine between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. Ali, then 23, knocked Liston out in the first round.
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An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

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An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

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Portrait of Muhammad Ali with Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer during photo shoot at Life Studios, New York, NY. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016) Courtesy of Sports Illustrated Content Management hide caption

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Portrait of Muhammad Ali with Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer during photo shoot at Life Studios, New York, NY. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016)

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Photograph taken by Leifer at the 1984 Olympics as Carl Lewis set a record during Men's 4x100M Relay and went on to win four gold medals. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016) Neil Leifer/Courtesy of Sports Illustrated Content Management hide caption

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Photograph taken by Leifer at the 1984 Olympics as Carl Lewis set a record during Men's 4x100M Relay and went on to win four gold medals. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016)

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Muhammad Ali with Neil Leifer holding the iconic photograph. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016) Courtesy of Neil Leifer hide caption

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Muhammad Ali with Neil Leifer holding the iconic photograph. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016)

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Leifer's shot of the victorious Dodgers at the 1963 World Series Jim Gilliam(left), with Don Drysdale and John Roseboro at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016) Neil Leifer/Courtesy of Sports Illustrated Content Management hide caption

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Leifer's shot of the victorious Dodgers at the 1963 World Series Jim Gilliam(left), with Don Drysdale and John Roseboro at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo from Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs, by Neil Leifer with Diane K. Shah (University of Texas Press, 2016)

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NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer, who captured the moment afterward when Ali towered over Liston.