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Sonny Liston

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50 4 0
39 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 54 rating
rounds 267 ranking
KOs 72%
 
global ID 009031
birth nameCharles L. Liston
born 1930-07-22
death date1970-12-30 / age 40
debut1953-09-02 / age 23
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 1″   /   185cm
reach
84″   /   213cm
residence
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
birth place
Johnson Township, Arkansas, USA
other rolesReferee  

Career Record

54 total bouts, view in calendar
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S/P
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Date lbs opponent
op. record 
lbs
result 
rounds location
219Chuck Wepner
20
5
2
228
 W  
RTD9/10
Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Wepner down in fifth from a body punch; fight stopped by ring doctor after round 9 because of multiple cuts on Wepner's face.
referee: Barney Felix
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219½Leotis Martin
30
5
0
199
 L 
KO9/12
International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
vacant NABF heavyweight title
(Newly Created Title)
Martin was forced to retire shortly afterwards, as he suffered a detached retina in this bout. Martin took a mandatory 8-count in the fourth round. Liston was flattened with a vicious right.
time: 1:08   referee: Mike Kaplan   judge: Mike Petrovich 37-34, Art Lurie 38-36, Ralph Mosa 38-35
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226Sonny Moore
20
30
2
208
 W  
KO3/10
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
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217George Johnson
17
16
4
212
 W  
TKO7/10
Convention Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
time: 2:55   referee: Harold Krause
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219½Billy Joiner
9
4
3
195½
 W  
UD10/10
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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215¾Amos Lincoln
41
12
1
209½
 W  
KO2/10
Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
time: 2:46   referee: Benny Goldstein
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219Roger Rischer
29
11
2
200
 W  
KO3/10
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Main event of a benefit card for Ben Anolik, Pennsylvania's first heart transplant patient
time: 2:23   referee: Buck McTiernan
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223Willis Earls
4
7
1
189
 W  
KO2/10
Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
time: 1:52
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221Sonny Moore
20
28
2
195
 W  
TKO3/10
Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
referee: Jim Coe
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219Henry Clark
15
3
2
215
 W  
TKO7/10
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USA
time: 2:47   referee: Frankie Carter 6-0   judge: Jack Downey 6-0, Jack Silver 6-0
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222Billy Joiner
9
3
3
189½
 W  
RTD7/10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Joiner down in the 3rd. Joiner retired in his corner after 7 rounds.
referee: John Thomas
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223Bill McMurray
24
18
2
210
 W  
TKO4/10
Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada, USA
McMurray knocked through the ropes and out of the ring. He hit his head on a steel pipe near the apron but climbed back into the ring. The Referee stopped the fight.
time: 0:47   referee: Davey Pearl
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220Elmer Rush
15
3
2
214
 W  
TKO6/10
Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden
Rush down twice in 4th, three times in 5th and four times in 6th
referee: Harry Gibbs
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221½Dave Bailey
14
16
3
215
 W  
KO1/10
Masshallen, Gothenburg, Sweden
time: 2:22
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218¼Amos Johnson
22
4
2
200½
 W  
KO3/10
Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
referee: Bengt Almqvist
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221Gerhard Zech
32
5
1
226
 W  
KO7/10
Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden
"A crowd of 12,000 saw Liston, of Denver, Colo., flatten Zech with a short left-right combination. The German, his face and shoulders covered with blood from a cut over his right eye, got up reeling at the count of 10, but it was too late." (Associated Press)
time: 1:11
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215¼Muhammad Ali
20
0
0
206
 L 
KO1/15
St. Dominic's Hall, Lewiston, Maine, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 2,434
time: 2:12   referee: Jersey Joe Walcott   judge: Coley WallaceRuss LeonardJoe Colvin
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218Muhammad Ali
19
0
0
210½
 L 
RTD6/15
Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Liston retired on his stool citing an injured shoulder
After this fight Cassius Clay changed his name to Cassius X and then to Muhammad Ali.
1964 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
referee: Barney Felix 57-57   judge: Bernie Lovett 58-56, Gus Jacobson 56-58
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215Floyd Patterson
38
3
0
194½
 W  
KO1/15
Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Patterson down 3 times
time: 2:10   referee: Harold Krause
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213Floyd Patterson
38
2
0
189
 W  
KO1/15
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
~ World Heavyweight Title ~
time: 2:06   referee: Frank Sikora   judge: Harold MarovitzJohn Bray
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212¼Albert Westphal
24
8
3
195
 W  
KO1/10
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
time: 1:58   referee: Zach Clayton   judge: Jim MinaNick Spano
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219½Howard King
37
21
8
204
 W  
TKO3/10
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
time: 0:53   referee: Cy Gottfried
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211Eddie Machen
34
2
1
196
 W  
UD12/12
Sicks' Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA
Liston penalized three points for low blows.
referee: Whitey Domstad 119-112   judge: Ely Caston 118-114, Sam Heller 118-116
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212½Zora Folley
51
3
2
198½
 W  
KO3/12
Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USA
Folley knocked down twice in 2nd round; 9 count and saved by the bell at 9 count
time: 0:28   referee: Joe Ullmer
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212½Roy Harris
29
1
0
195
 W  
TKO1/10
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
Harris was down three times.
time: 2:35   referee: Jimmy Webb
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212½Cleveland Williams
45
3
0
215½
 W  
TKO2/10
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
Williams was down twice before the referee stepped between them to stop it with Williams groggy in the corner.
time: 2:13   referee: Ernie Taylor
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212¼Howard King
35
19
8
195
 W  
TKO8/10
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
referee: Jimmy Peerless
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210Willi Besmanoff
42
17
7
201
 W  
RTD7/10
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
"Besmanoff absorbed a barrage of punches in the sixth and was bleeding from several bad gashes over his eyes. The referee stopped the bout between rounds at corner's request and it was scored a seventh round knockout." (Associated Pess)
Ohio State Commission rules bouts stopped after bell ruled stoppages in following round
referee: Mike Minnich   judge: Herb WilliamsCharley Bill
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211Nino Valdes
47
17
3
211
 W  
KO3/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
time: 0:47   referee: Bernie Weismann 10-9   judge: Frank Clark 10-9, Howard Walsh 9-10
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212½Cleveland Williams
43
2
0
210¼
 W  
TKO3/10
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Williams was knocked down twice in the 3rd.
time: 2:13   referee: Jimmy Peerless
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209½Mike DeJohn
36
5
1
202
 W  
TKO6/10
Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
(Poster)
time: 2:43   referee: Jimmy Peerless
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211Ernie Cab
13
9
1
211¼
 W  
TKO8/10
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Bout stopped by the ring doctor between the 7th and 8th round. Cab had a cut over his left eye and nose.
referee: Jimmy Peerless
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212½Bert Whitehurst
24
14
4
190
 W  
UD10/10
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Whitehurst was knocked through the ropes, and was attempting to climb back into the ring as the final bell rang at the count of seven.
referee: Harry Kessler 50-37   judge: Howard Hess 50-40, Fred Connell 48-39
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212Frankie Daniels
34
15
2
191
 W  
KO1/10
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
time: 2:22   referee: Cy Gottfried
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204Wayne Bethea
17
8
2
204
 W  
TKO1/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
time: 1:09   referee: Bernie Weismann
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204Julio Mederos
21
18
3
199
 W  
RTD2/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Bernie Weismann
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205Bert Whitehurst
24
13
2
192
 W  
PTS10/10
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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210Ben Wise
8
7
1
200
 W  
TKO4/8
Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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210Billy Hunter
11
4
2
193
 W  
TKO2/6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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203Marty Marshall
22
10
2
179
 W  
UD10/10
Pittsburgh Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Audience: 2,551. Gate: $6,437
Marshall, a last minute substitute for Harold Johnson, lost all but the first round and it was even. Johnson hurt his shoulder while training for the bout. (UP)
referee: Buck McTiernan
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209Larry Watson
38
24
2
181
 W  
TKO4/10
Alnad Temple, East Saint Louis, Illinois, USA
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212Johnny Gray
9
3
1
193
 W  
TKO6/10
Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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206½Calvin Butler
5
2
0
197
 W  
TKO2/8
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
time: 2:18
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202Emil Brtko
15
1
0
197
 W  
TKO5/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
time: 2:55
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202Marty Marshall
20
8
2
181
 W  
TKO6/10
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Marshall was down 4 times; for a 9-count at the end of round 5, and three times in round six.
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202Neal Welch
13
9
1
208
 W  
PTS8/8
Masonic Temple, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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204Marty Marshall
17
6
2
180½
 L 
SD8/8
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Liston suffered a broken jaw in an early (supposedly, fourth) round of this fight.
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201Johnny Summerlin
18
2
2
195¾
 W  
SD8/8
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Summerlin had suffered a fractured nose in a sparring session shortly before this fight.
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206Johnny Summerlin
18
1
2
193
 W  
UD8/8
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
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203Stanley Howlett
4
0
0
203
 W  
PTS6/6
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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201Martin Lee
2
2
0
208
 W  
TKO6/6
Masonic Temple, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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198Bennie Thomas
5
1
0
184
 W  
SD6/6
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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200Ponce de Leon
14
21
4
215
 W  
PTS4/4
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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200½Don Smith
3
1
0
179
 W  
TKO1/4
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Smith apparently did not have a chance, as Liston swarmed all over him. When Referee Jimmy Parker halted the slaughter with Smith practically out on his feet, it was discovered that Smith also was sporting a badly lacerated right eye.
time: 0:33   referee: Jimmy Parker
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