Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston

Charles L. “Sonny” Liston (Unknown – December 30, 1970) was a professional boxer and ex-convict known for his toughness, punching power and intimidating appearance who became world heavyweight champion in 1962 by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round. Liston bafflingly failed to live up to his fearsome reputation in an unsuccessful defense of the title against Cassius Clay,( Muhammad Ali) underworld connections and an early death—like his unrecorded date of birth—added to the enigma.

Holder of the title : September 25, 1962-February 25, 1964
Nickname :Sonny,The Big Bear
Height :6 ft ½ in (1.84 m)
Reach :84 in (213 cm)
Death date : December 30, 1970(1970-12-30) (aged about 38)
Death place :Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights : 54
Wins : 50
Wins by KO : 39
Losses : 4
Draws : 0

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Sonny Liston

Charles L. Sonny Liston (Unknown – December 30, 1970) was a professional boxer and ex-convict known for his toughness, punching power and intimidating appearance who became world heavyweight champion in 1962 by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round. Liston bafflingly failed to live up to his fearsome reputation in an unsuccessful defense of the title against Cassius Clay,( Muhammad Ali) underworld connections and an early death—like his unrecorded date of birth—added to the enigma.

[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-1.gif]80Sonny Liston
This picture was taken in 1962 while Sonny Liston was in training to face Floyd Patterson for the Heavyweight
Championship of the World. In the fight, Liston knocked out Patterson in the first round and then did so again in
the rematch the next year. - He was a bad man.
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-1.jpg]90Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-32.jpg]60Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-33.jpg]80Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-34.jpg]70Sonny Liston vs Ingemar Johansson.
Sonny Liston vs Ingemar Johansson
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-35.jpg]150Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-36.jpg]190Sonny Liston vs Ali
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-37.jpg]150Sonny Liston vs Ali ( second fight)
Sonny Liston vs Ali ( second fight)
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-38.jpg]130Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson
Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-39.jpg]150Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-40.jpg]190Sonny Liston & Carole Katchen
Carole Katchen was born in Denver, CO, in 1944. By the time she was 21, she was already an established freelance
magazine writer. Always looking for a story, here she is with Sonny Liston at the Liston training camp in Las
Vegas before the first Cassius Clay fight in 1964.
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-41.jpg]130Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-42.jpg]120Sonny Liston, 1967
Sonny Liston, 1967
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-43.jpg]100Floyd Patterson v. Sonny Liston
Floyd Patterson v. Sonny Liston - Boxing
September 17, 1962
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-44.jpg]100Sonny Liston vs Albert Westphal
December 1961, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA --- Heavyweight Sonny Liston of Philadelphia sticks a long jab on the nose of Albert Westphal of Germany during their December 4th bout. Liston won the bout by a knockout in one minute and 58 seconds of the first round.
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-45.jpg]70Sonny Liston in training
27 Jul 1962, South Fallsburg, New York, USA --- 7/27/1962-South Fallsburg, NY- Heavyweight contender Sonny Liston jumps over the ropes after sparring three rounds as he continues his training for the upcoming title bout with champion Floyd Patterson in Chicago, September 25
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20 Jul 1962 Photo shows Sonny Liston out for a training session, while he stayed nearby at the Pines Hotel.
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-48.jpg]70Sonny Liston in training
Sonny Liston in training
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-49.jpg]90Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-51.jpg]80Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali vs Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-52.jpg]110Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-53.jpg]90Sonny Liston in training
Sonny Liston in training
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-54.jpg]90Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali vs Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-55.jpg]70Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali vs Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-56.jpg]100Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali vs Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-57.jpg]50Sonny Liston on Sports Illustrated
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-58.jpg]70Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-59.jpg]50Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-60.jpg]70Sonny Liston vs Billy Joiner
24 May 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Los Angeles: Former heavyweight champ, Sonny Liston stands over fallen Billy Joiner after a third round knockdown. Clay in 1964 and won with KD when Joiner couldn't come out for the bell at the beginning of the 8th round.
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-61.jpg]50Sonny Liston vs Julio Mederos
14 May 1958, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- 5/14/58-Chicago, Illinois- Sonny Liston (r), St. Louis heavyweight, lands a left to the shoulder of Cuba's Julio Mederos in the second round of their bout tonight in Chicago Stadium. The ring physician examined Mederos after the round and advised referee Bernie Weissman to stop the fight as the bell sounded for the third round -- scoring a technical knockout for Liston, who made his first appearance on television tonight in 19 starts in the ring.
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-62.jpg]60Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali vs Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-63.jpg]90Sonny Liston
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-64.jpg]90Sonny Liston vs Clay
[img src=http://www.boxingmemories.com/wp-content/flagallery/sonny-liston/thumbs/thumbs_sonny-liston-65.jpg]90Ali vs Sonny Liston
Ali vs Sonny Liston

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