Reigning Champ x Muhammad Ali™
On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay faced off against Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Liston stepped into the ring as one of the most feared heavyweights of all time, and the fight was a matchup of the underdog’s speed versus the champion’s overwhelming power.
It was a time of historic upheaval. President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated a few months earlier, and both the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements were gaining momentum. Clay was a brash young challenger and a sign of the times. During his training he was visited by The Beatles, and Malcolm X was sitting ringside for the fight.
On that night in Miami Beach, Florida, Clay's victory over Liston shocked the world. After the fight, the 22-year-old champion announced he was joining the Nation of Islam, and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. It was the beginning of a new era, and within a few years he was one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
Reigning Champ x Muhammad Ali celebrates this historic moment of transformation, Ali’s strength of character, and his journey from underdog to champion. Each piece features references to the historic title fight, with embroidery and details sourced from a library of archival press images.
A range of cut-off sweats is inspired by Ali’s training at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, while satin trimmed staples nod to Ali and Liston’s striped boxing shorts. Graphic prints reference the date of the fight, and it’s billing as a matchup of “Speed vs Power.”
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