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Feb. 8, 1964: Closed circuit TV!


"The magic of television" will make it possible, the announcement reads, for fans in Portland to watch "brash" Cassius Clay attempt to dethrone Sonny Liston when they fight for the heavyweight title in Miami Beach on Feb. 25.

The scheduled 15-rounder will be beamed onto a large screen at Memorial Coliseum.

The technology worked well the previous fall, when Portlanders were able to watch the Oregon-Washington football game via closed circuit, and in 1962, when Liston first fought Floyd Patterson. That match attracted about 9,200 fans to the MC.

Tickets for the Liston-Clay fight are $4 and $6.