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Sonny Liston boxer

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

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 Titles Result
June 29, 1970 Chuck Wepner WWLLWW Armory, Jersey City WIN
Corner retirement
Dec. 6, 1969 Leotis Martin WLWWWW International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas vacant NABF Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
Sept. 23, 1969 Sonny Moore WLLLLL Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
KO
May 19, 1969 George Johnson WWWWWW Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
March 28, 1969 Billy Joiner LLDDDL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 10, 1968 Amos Lincoln WLLLWL Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
KO
Nov. 12, 1968 Roger Rischer WLLWLW Civic Arena, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
Nov. 3, 1968 Willis Earls WLLLLW Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez WIN
KO
Oct. 14, 1968 Sonny Moore LLWLLL Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix WIN
Technical knockout
July 6, 1968 Henry Clark WWWWWW Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Technical knockout
May 23, 1968 Billy Joiner WLLDDD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Corner retirement
March 16, 1968 Bill McMurray WDLLWL Centennial Coliseum, Reno WIN
Technical knockout
April 28, 1967 Elmer Rush WWWLLW Johanneshov, Stockholm WIN
Technical knockout
March 30, 1967 Dave Bailey LLLWLL Masshallen, Gothenburg WIN
KO
Aug. 19, 1966 Amos Johnson DWWWWL Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg WIN
KO
July 1, 1966 Gerhard Zech WWWLLW Johanneshov, Stockholm WIN
KO
May 25, 1965 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
Feb. 25, 1964 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Convention Center, Miami Beach World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Corner retirement
July 22, 1963 Floyd Patterson WLWWWL Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Sept. 25, 1962 Floyd Patterson WWLWWW Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
KO
Dec. 4, 1961 Albert Westphal WWWWWL Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
March 8, 1961 Howard King LDLWWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 7, 1960 Eddie Machen WWLWWW Sicks' Stadium, Seattle WIN
Unanimous decision
July 18, 1960 Zora Folley WWWWWW Coliseum, Denver WIN
KO
April 25, 1960 Roy Harris WWWWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
Technical knockout
March 21, 1960 Cleveland Williams WWWLWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 23, 1960 Howard King WLLLLD Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Corner retirement
Dec. 9, 1959 Willi Besmanoff LLWWWL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Corner retirement
Aug. 5, 1959 Nino Valdes WWWLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
April 15, 1959 Cleveland Williams WWWWWW Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 18, 1959 Mike DeJohn DWLWLW Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 18, 1958 Ernie Cab LWLWWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Corner retirement
Oct. 24, 1958 Bert Whitehurst WLLLDD Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 7, 1958 Frankie Daniels WLWWWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
KO
Aug. 6, 1958 Wayne Bethea WWWLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
May 14, 1958 Julio Mederos LLWWLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Corner retirement
April 3, 1958 Bert Whitehurst LWLWLL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Points
March 11, 1958 Ben Wise WWWLWL Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 29, 1958 Billy Hunter WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
March 6, 1956 Marty Marshall LLLWLW Pittsburgh Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 13, 1955 Larry Watson LLLWLL Alnad Temple, East Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 13, 1955 Johnny Gray LLDWLW Victory Field, Indianapolis WIN
Technical knockout
May 25, 1955 Calvin Butler WWLWWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
May 5, 1955 Emil Brtko WWLWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
April 21, 1955 Marty Marshall WWWWLL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
March 1, 1955 Neal Welch LWWLWW Masonic Temple, Saint Louis WIN
Points
Sept. 7, 1954 Marty Marshall WWWWWW Motor City Arena, Detroit LOSS
Split-decision
Aug. 10, 1954 Johnny Summerlin WWDWWL Motor City Arena, Detroit WIN
Split-decision
June 29, 1954 Johnny Summerlin WWWDWW Motor City Arena, Detroit WIN
Unanimous decision
March 31, 1954 Stanley Howlett WWWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Points
Jan. 25, 1954 Martin Lee LWWL Masonic Temple, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 21, 1953 Bennie Thomas WWWWWL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Split-decision
Sept. 17, 1953 Ponce de Leon LLLLLW Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Points
Sept. 2, 1953 Don Smith LWWW Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout