On that night a young, fast-talking heavyweight contender named Cassius Clay took on Sonny Liston, one of the most feared heavyweight champions in boxing history. When the fight started, Clay came out fast, firing his jabs and making Liston miss with wild swings. Liston surrendered between the sixth and seventh rounds, sitting on his stool--and Cassius Clay was the new heavyweight champion of the world.
A standout high school football player and wrestler in Barrington, Illinois, Wood earned a football scholar-ship to the University of Wisconsin. “My passions are combat sports, and football and wrestling are at the top of the list,” said Wood, who has studied all forms of wrestling, from high school to college to the pro ranks in the early days, as few others ever have. Phil set a tremendous example in wrestling tough.
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