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Sonny Liston

W L D
50 4 0
39 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 54
rounds 267
KOs 72%
 
global ID 9031
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

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1970-06-29
219Chuck Wepner22820 5 2
Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
W RTD9/10
 W  
RTD
9/10
  
referee: Barney Felix
Wepner down in fifth from a body punch; fight stopped by ring doctor after round 9 because of multiple cuts on Wepner's face.
1969-12-06
219½Leotis Martin19930 5 0
International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
LKO9/12
 L 
KO
9/12
  
time: 1:08   referee: Mike Kaplan   judges: Mike Petrovich 37-34, Art Lurie 38-36, Ralph Mosa 38-35
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.
1969-09-23
226Sonny Moore20820 30 2
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1969-05-19
217George Johnson21217 16 4
Convention Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
time: 2:55   referee: Harold Krause
1969-03-28
219½Billy Joiner195½9 4 3
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
1968-12-10
215¾Amos Lincoln209½41 12 1
Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
time: 2:46   referee: Benny Goldstein
1968-11-12
219Roger Rischer20029 11 2
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 2:23   referee: Buck McTiernan
Main event of a benefit card for Ben Anolik, Pennsylvania's first heart transplant patient
1968-11-03
223Willis Earls1894 7 1
Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
time: 1:52
1968-10-14
221Sonny Moore19520 28 2
Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
referee: Jim Coe
1968-07-06
219Henry Clark21515 3 2
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
time: 2:47   referee: Frankie Carter 6-0   judges: Jack Downey 6-0, Jack Silver 6-0
1968-05-23
222Billy Joiner189½9 3 3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
W RTD7/10
 W  
RTD
7/10
  
referee: John Thomas
Joiner down in the 3rd. Joiner retired in his corner after 7 rounds.
1968-03-16
223Bill McMurray21024 18 2
Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
time: 0:47   referee: Davey Pearl
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.
1967-04-28
220Elmer Rush21415 3 2
Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
referee: Harry Gibbs
Rush down twice in 4th, three times in 5th and four times in 6th
1967-03-30
221½Dave Bailey21514 16 3
Masshallen, Gothenburg, Sweden
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 2:22
1966-08-19
218¼Amos Johnson200½22 4 2
Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 1:48   referee: Bengt Almqvist
1966-07-01
221Gerhard Zech22632 5 1
Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden
W KO7/10
 W  
KO
7/10
  
time: 1:11
"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)
1965-05-25
215¼Muhammad Ali20620 0 0
St. Dominic's Hall, Lewiston, Maine, USA
LKO1/15
 L 
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:12   referee: Jersey Joe Walcott   judges: Coley WallaceRuss LeonardJoe Colvin
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 2,434
1964-02-25
218Muhammad Ali210½19 0 0
Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
LRTD6/15
 L 
RTD
6/15
  
referee: Barney Felix 57-57   judges: Bernie Lovett 58-56, Gus Jacobson 56-58
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
1963-07-22
215Floyd Patterson194½38 3 0
Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:10   referee: Harold Krause
World Heavyweight Title
Patterson down 3 times
1962-09-25
213Floyd Patterson18938 2 0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:06   referee: Frank Sikora   judges: Harold MarovitzJohn Bray
~ World Heavyweight Title ~
1961-12-04
212¼Albert Westphal19524 8 3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:58   referee: Zach Clayton   judges: Jim MinaNick Spano
1961-03-08
219½Howard King20437 21 8
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
time: 0:53   referee: Cy Gottfried
1960-09-07
211Eddie Machen19634 2 1
Sicks' Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD12/12
 W  
UD
12/12
  
referee: Whitey Domstad 119-112   judges: Ely Caston 118-114, Sam Heller 118-116
Liston penalized three points for low blows.
1960-07-18
212½Zora Folley198½51 3 2
Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USA
W KO3/12
 W  
KO
3/12
  
time: 0:28   referee: Joe Ullmer
Folley knocked down twice in 2nd round; 9 count and saved by the bell at 9 count
1960-04-25
212½Roy Harris19529 1 0
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
time: 2:35   referee: Jimmy Webb
Harris was down three times.
1960-03-21
212½Cleveland Williams215½45 3 0
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
time: 2:13   referee: Ernie Taylor
Williams was down twice before the referee stepped between them to stop it with Williams groggy in the corner.
1960-02-23
212¼Howard King19535 19 8
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
referee: Jimmy Peerless
1959-12-09
210Willi Besmanoff20142 17 7
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
W RTD7/10
 W  
RTD
7/10
  
referee: Mike Minnich   judges: Herb WilliamsCharley Bill
"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
1959-08-05
211Nino Valdes21147 17 3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 0:47   referee: Bernie Weismann 10-9   judges: Frank Clark 10-9, Howard Walsh 9-10
1959-04-15
212½Cleveland Williams210¼43 2 0
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
time: 2:13   referee: Jimmy Peerless   judges: Gus JacobsonStuart Winston
Williams was knocked down twice in the 3rd.
1959-02-18
209½Mike DeJohn20236 5 1
Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
time: 2:43   referee: Jimmy Peerless
1958-11-18
211Ernie Cab211¼13 9 1
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
referee: Jimmy Peerless
Bout stopped by the ring doctor between the 7th and 8th round. Cab had a cut over his left eye and nose.
1958-10-24
212½Bert Whitehurst19024 14 4
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Harry Kessler 50-37   judges: Howard Hess 50-40, Fred Connell 48-39
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.
1958-10-07
212Frankie Daniels19134 15 2
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 2:22   referee: Cy Gottfried
1958-08-06
204Wayne Bethea20417 8 2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
time: 1:09   referee: Bernie Weismann
1958-05-14
204Julio Mederos19921 18 3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W RTD2/10
 W  
RTD
2/10
  
referee: Bernie Weismann
1958-04-03
205Bert Whitehurst19224 13 2
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1958-03-11
210Ben Wise2008 7 1
Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO4/8
 W  
TKO
4/8
  
1958-01-29
210Billy Hunter19311 4 2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO2/6
 W  
TKO
2/6
  
1956-03-06
203Marty Marshall17922 10 2
Pittsburgh Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Buck McTiernan
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)
1955-12-13
209Larry Watson18138 24 2
Alnad Temple, East Saint Louis, Illinois, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
1955-09-13
212Johnny Gray1939 3 1
Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
1955-05-25
206½Calvin Butler1975 2 0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W TKO2/8
 W  
TKO
2/8
  
time: 2:18
1955-05-05
202Emil Brtko19715 1 0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
time: 2:55
1955-04-21
202Marty Marshall18120 8 2
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
Marshall was down 4 times; for a 9-count at the end of round 5, and three times in round six.
1955-03-01
202Neal Welch20813 9 1
Masonic Temple, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1954-09-07
204Marty Marshall180½17 6 2
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
LSD8/8
 L 
SD
8/8
  
Liston suffered a broken jaw in an early (supposedly, fourth) round of this fight.
1954-08-10
201Johnny Summerlin195¾18 2 2
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W SD8/8
 W  
SD
8/8
  
Summerlin had suffered a fractured nose in a sparring session shortly before this fight.
1954-06-29
206Johnny Summerlin19318 1 2
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W UD8/8
 W  
UD
8/8
  
1954-03-31
203Stanley Howlett2034 0 0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1954-01-25
201Martin Lee2082 2 0
Masonic Temple, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W TKO6/6
 W  
TKO
6/6
  
1953-11-21
198Bennie Thomas1845 1 0
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W SD6/6
 W  
SD
6/6
  
1953-09-17
200Ponce de Leon21514 21 4
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1953-09-02
200½Don Smith1793 1 0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W TKO1/4
 W  
TKO
1/4
  
time: 0:33   referee: Jimmy Parker
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.
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Win
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Draw
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No Contest
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