(Reading Comprehension) 20
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 7
Seven thousand empty seats greeted the arrival of Cassius Clay. He was pitted in the boxing ring for the world heavyweight championship
against Sonny Liston, at the Miami Convention Centre, on 25 Feb, 1964. The bout had been in doubt and there was a rumour that it had been
called off; it was not a big contest and only 8000 had attended. It was also pouring with rain outside.
Clay was 22, unbeaten but untested. Liston was dubbed ‘the big ugly bear’ by Clay and his people. It was rumoured to be a simple beating. Liston had lost just once in 36 bouts and in successive fights had won and defended the world title against Floyd Patterson; he had needed just four minutes in total, in both wins. Clay had not met any one of the leading contenders, from the list of Liston’s victims. His credentials were flimsy. In the previous two times before this meet with Liston, Clay had been dropped by Henry Cooper.
On the other hand, in the Clay camp, Angelo Dundee, his beloved trainer, was convinced of the victory if Clay could avoid Liston’s left jab. Sugar Ray Robinson insisted that Clay’s speed was the factor and that he would knock out Liston. On the night of the fight there was clearly a sense of morbid fascination with the beating that Clay was expected to receive. The Beatles had been to Liston’s gym for a publicity photograph but he had them thrown out. They reluctantly made their way to Dundee’s gym to meet Clay. They were not impressed but there remains an iconic photograph of the brief meeting of Clay landing a punch, knocking out the Fab four