Sonny Liston Boxing Dvd Career Set

Sonny Liston Boxing Dvd Career Set

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Name: Sonny Liston
Birth Name: Charles L. Liston
Born: 1930-07-22
Birthplace: Johnson Township, Arkansas, USA
Died: 1970-12-30 (Age:40)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6' 0½?   /   184cm
Reach: 84?   /   213cm
Boxing Record: won 50 boxing fights (KO 39) & lost 4 (KO 3)  Boxing Fights

History of Sonny Liston Boxing Career

A beast inside the ring, Sonny Liston also was a brute outside it, condemned to a life of dilemma. Sonny Liston was a man of mystery. Born May 8, 1932 (there is some uncertainty about his year of birth—sources range mostly from 1929 to 1932), in St Francis County, Arkansas. The son of tenant farmer Tobey Liston and his second wife, Helen, Liston was the 24th of his father's 25 children. Along with his many siblings, Liston grew up working in the local cotton fields. His father was a violent alcoholic, and Liston left at age 13 to live with an aunt in St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis, Sonny Liston rapidly encountered problems with the local police. At the age of 16 (over six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds), Liston became a frightening presence in his neighborhood, seldom working as a strike-breaking labor goon. He was arrested more than 20 times. In 1950, he was convicted of two counts of larceny and two counts of first-degree robbery; he spent more than two years in the Missouri State penitentiary in Jefferson City. While Sonny Liston was incarcerated, prison athletic director Father Alois Stevens introduced him to the sport of boxing. On Oct. 30, 1952, he was out on parole and he turned professional the following September. His first pro boxing fight lasted 33 seconds: Sonny Liston leveled Don Smith with his first punch. Liston was a marked man in St. Louis, where police were known to stop him on sight, sometimes without cause. On May 5, 1956, he erupted. When a cop confronted him and a friend about a cab parked near Liston's home, he assaulted the officer, breaking his knee and gashing his face, and took his gun. Sonny Liston received nine months in the city workhouse. After his release, Liston had another quarrel with a cop, this time he left an officer headfirst in a trash can. A police sergeant put out the word that Liston should leave town or else. Sonny Liston heeded the ultimatum, and went to Philadelphia. His managers sold his contract to a group headed by Carbo and Palermo. While Liston began working into shape with hopes for a heavyweight title shot, he also continued his anti-social behavior. Two more arrests for rebellious conduct and resisting arrest and another for impersonating a cop led to Sonny Liston being suspended by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission on July 14, 1961. The suspension was honored in all states. Liston's license was reinstated three months later. He won 26 consecutive bouts and moved relentlessly toward the heavyweight championship. Known for his scowling at opponents, he combined an intimidating ring presence with awesome power. His heavyweight-title-winning victory on September 25, 1962 was indicative of his powerful style. After a mere two minutes, he knocked out Floyd Patterson, which marked the first time in boxing history that a reigning heavyweight champion was counted out in the first round. As the top fighter in the world, Liston became an easy target for sports columnists who remarked frequently on not only his menacing demeanor and vicious punching power but also his criminal background. Sonny Liston, who posted a boxing career record of 50 wins to four losses with 39 knockouts, reveled in this role of the fighter America loved to hate. Liston scored another knockout in a rematch with Patterson, but his 17-month reign as heavyweight champion ended at the hands of a brash fighter named Cassius Clay. Liston, who was viewed as nearly invincible before the fight, was unable to answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay (soon to take the name of Muhammad Ali) became champion on February 25, 1964. The subsequent rematch with Clay on May 25, 1965 included the infamous "Phantom Punch." Although it appeared that Sonny Liston had barely been grazed by a Clay right hand, Sonny went down after one minute, 45 seconds of the first round and never got up. In 1966, following the Clay defeat, Liston began a comeback. He won 11 successive fights by knockout through 1968 and added three more wins in 1969 before losing a brutal bout to Leotis Martin. He climbed back in the ring against the "Bayonne Bleeder" Chuck Wepner, and registered a tenth-round technical knockout on June 29, 1970. After being unable to reach Liston for 12 days, his wife Geraldine returned to their Nevada home on January 5, 1971, at which time discovered Liston’s dead body. The official cause of death was lung congestion and heart failure, although Liston had fresh needle marks on his arm and police discovered heroin and a syringe in the house. Liston was buried in Paradise Memorial Gardens in Las Vegas beneath a simple gravestone with the epitaph "A Man." A multi-talented fighter, it could be said that Sonny Liston's best weapon was intimidation. He had one of the best jabs in boxing and knockout power in each hand, but Liston's baleful scowl often had opponents’ defeated before the first bell. That's why boxing experts consider Liston as one of the most powerful punchers and jabbers in the history of boxing.


Sonny Liston vs Wayne Bethea
Sonny Liston vs Bert Whitehurst II 
Sonny Liston vs Cleveland Williams I
Sonny Liston vs Willi Besmanof
Sonny Liston vs Cleveland Williams II
Sonny Liston vs Roy Harris
Sonny Liston vs Eddie Machen
Sonny Liston vs Albert Westphal
Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson I
Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson II
Sonny Liston vs Cassius Clay I 
Sonny Liston vs Muhammad Ali II 
Sonny Liston vs Dave Bailey
Sonny Liston vs Elmer Rush 
Sonny Liston vs Bill McMurray
Sonny Liston vs Billy Joiner (HL)
Sonny Liston vs Henry Clarke
Sonny Liston vs George Johnson 
Sonny Liston vs Leotis Martin 
Sonny Liston vs Chuck wepner
Sonny Liston - ESPN Special
Sonny Liston - Sports Century
Sonny Liston - The Champ Nobody Wanted
Sonny Liston - Mysterious Life & Death of a Champ

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