Muhammad Ali’s Miami legacy on display in South Beach exhibit (includes video story)

The “I Shook Up the World” exhibit, which commemorated the 60th anniversary of the legendary Cassius Clay – Sonny Liston fight on South Beach, opened on Thursday night.

The 1964 heavyweight championship fight is known as one of the greatest boxing events of all time. Clay would go on to become perhaps the most legendary boxer ever. He was stripped of his title after refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, but came back to reclaim it.

The exhibit is held on the site of the former Fifth Street Gym. It includes memorabilia and a telling of the story of Ali’s challenging yet prosperous career. Muhammad Ali Jr., son of “The Greatest,” described his father’s perseverance this way: “[Muhammad Ali] didn’t let the bad times get him down. He kept on pushing.”

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