BLACK VOICES
02/10/2013 12:57 pm ET

Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African-Americans through the years?

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we will be featuring one photo a day that honors years of groundbreaking achievements within the black community. These photos bring tears to our eyes, instill pride in our hearts and motivate us to carry on the legacy of strength and perseverance.

Today's photo was taken on May 25, 1965, at the WBC Heavyweight Championship match between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. This was the boxing legend's second time fighting Liston, in a highly anticipated match-up that still remains one of most controversial in boxing history.

After what became known as the "Phantom Punch," Liston fell to the canvas midway through the first round. Instead of retreating to a neutral corner of the ring, Ali stood over Liston yelling, "Get up and fight, sucker!" The moment was photographed by Neil Leifer and became one of the most iconic images in sport, chosen as the cover of the Sports Illustrated special issue, "The Century's Greatest Sports Photos".

Take a look at the photo and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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