Sonny Liston boxer

Sonny Liston boxer
bouts
54
won
50
lost
4
draw
0
Status
inactive
Division
heavyweight
Debut
1953-09-02
Height
6′ 1″/185cm
Reach
84″/213cm
Age
40
Born
1930-00-00
Death
1970-12-30
Nationality
USA

Charles L. "Sonny" Liston (c. 1930 – December 30, 1970) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1953 to 1970. A dominant contender of his era, he became the world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, repeating the knockout the following year in defense of the title; in the latter fight he also became the inaugural WBC heavyweight champion. Liston was particularly known for his toughness, formidable punching power, long reach, and intimidating appearance.Although Liston was widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the title in 1964 to Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali), who entered as a 7–1 underdog. Controversy followed with claims that Liston had been drinking heavily the night before the fight. In his 1965 rematch with Clay, Liston suffered an unexpected first-round knockout that led to unresolved suspicions of a fix. He was still a world-ranked boxer when he died under mysterious circumstances in 1970. Underworld connections and his unrecorded date of birth added to the enigma.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1970-06-29 Chuck Wepner WWLLWW Armory, Jersey City WIN
Corner retirement
1969-12-06 Leotis Martin WLWWWW International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOST
KO
1969-09-23 Sonny Moore WLLLLL Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
KO
1969-05-19 George Johnson WWWWWW Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
1969-03-28 Billy Joiner LLDDDL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
1968-12-10 Amos Lincoln WLLLWL Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
KO
1968-11-12 Roger Rischer WLLWLW Civic Arena, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
1968-11-03 Willis Earls WLLLLW Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez WIN
KO
1968-10-14 Sonny Moore LLWLLL Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix WIN
Technical knockout
1968-07-06 Henry Clark WWWWWW Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Technical knockout
1968-05-23 Billy Joiner WLLDDD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Corner retirement
1968-03-16 Bill McMurray WDLLWL Centennial Coliseum, Reno WIN
Technical knockout
1967-04-28 Elmer Rush WWWLLW Johanneshov, Stockholm WIN
Technical knockout
1967-03-30 Dave Bailey LLLWLL Masshallen, Gothenburg WIN
KO
1966-08-19 Amos Johnson DWWWWL Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg WIN
KO
1966-07-01 Gerhard Zech WWWLLW Johanneshov, Stockholm WIN
KO
1965-05-25 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston LOST
KO
1964-02-25 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Convention Center, Miami Beach LOST
Corner retirement
1963-07-22 Floyd Patterson WLWWWL Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
KO
1962-09-25 Floyd Patterson WWLWWW Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
KO
1961-12-04 Albert Westphal WWWWWL Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1961-03-08 Howard King LDLWWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
1960-09-07 Eddie Machen WWLWWW Sicks' Stadium, Seattle WIN
Unanimous decision
1960-07-18 Zora Folley WWWWWW Coliseum, Denver WIN
KO
1960-04-25 Roy Harris WWWWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
Technical knockout
1960-03-21 Cleveland Williams WWWLWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
Technical knockout
1960-02-23 Howard King WLLLLD Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Corner retirement
1959-12-09 Willi Besmanoff LLWWWL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Corner retirement
1959-08-05 Nino Valdes WWWLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1959-04-15 Cleveland Williams WWWWWW Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
1959-02-18 Mike DeJohn DWLWLW Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
1958-11-18 Ernie Cab LWLWWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Corner retirement
1958-10-24 Bert Whitehurst WLLLDD Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
1958-10-07 Frankie Daniels WLWWWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
KO
1958-08-06 Wayne Bethea WWWLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1958-05-14 Julio Mederos LLWWLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Corner retirement
1958-04-03 Bert Whitehurst LWLWLL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Points
1958-03-11 Ben Wise WWWLWL Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1958-01-29 Billy Hunter WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1956-03-06 Marty Marshall LLLWLW Pittsburgh Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
1955-12-13 Larry Watson LLLWLL Alnad Temple, East Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
1955-09-13 Johnny Gray LLDWLW Victory Field, Indianapolis WIN
Technical knockout
1955-05-25 Calvin Butler WWLWWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
1955-05-05 Emil Brtko WWLWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
1955-04-21 Marty Marshall WWWWLL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
1955-03-01 Neal Welch LWWLWW Masonic Temple, Saint Louis WIN
Points
1954-09-07 Marty Marshall WWWWWW Motor City Arena, Detroit LOST
Split-decision
1954-08-10 Johnny Summerlin WWDWWL Motor City Arena, Detroit WIN
Split-decision
1954-06-29 Johnny Summerlin WWWDWW Motor City Arena, Detroit WIN
Unanimous decision
1954-03-31 Stanley Howlett WWWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Points
1954-01-25 Martin Lee LWWL Masonic Temple, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
1953-11-21 Bennie Thomas WWWWWL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Split-decision
1953-09-17 Ponce de Leon LLLLLW Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Points
1953-09-02 Don Smith LWWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout