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Sonny Liston
Global ID9031
sexmale
birthdate 1930-07-22
death date 1970-12-30 (40)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 0½″   /   184cm
reach84″   /   213cm
country USA
residenceSaint Louis, Missouri, USA
birth placeJohnson Township, Arkansas, USA
birth nameCharles L. Liston
won 50 (KO 39) + lost 4 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 54
rounds boxed 267 KO% 72.22
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1970-06-29Chuck Wepner20-5-2
Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWRTD910
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.
1969-12-06Leotis Martin30-5-0
International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USALKO912
time: 1:08 | referee: Mike Kaplan | judge: Mike Petrovich 37-34 | judge: Art Lurie 38-36 | judge: 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.

1969-09-23Sonny Moore20-30-2
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USAWKO310
1969-05-19George Johnson17-16-4
Convention Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, USAWTKO710
time: 2:55 | referee: Harold Krause
1969-03-28Billy Joiner9-4-3
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWUD1010
1968-12-10Amos Lincoln41-12-1
Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO210
time: 2:46 | referee: Benny Goldstein
1968-11-12Roger Rischer29-11-2
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO310
time: 2:23 | referee: Buck McTiernan
Main event of a benefit card for Ben Anolik, Pennsylvania's first heart transplant patient
1968-11-03Willis Earls4-7-1
Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MexicoWKO210
time: 1:52
1968-10-14Sonny Moore20-28-2
Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWTKO310
referee: Jim Coe
1968-07-06Henry Clark15-3-2
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USAWTKO710
time: 2:47 | referee: Frankie Carter 6-0 | judge: Jack Downey 6-0 | judge: Jack Silver 6-0
1968-05-23Billy Joiner9-3-3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWRTD710
referee: John Thomas
Joiner down in the 3rd. Joiner retired in his corner after 7 rounds.
1968-03-16Bill McMurray24-18-2
Coliseum, Reno, Nevada, USAWKO410
referee: Davey Pearl
1967-04-28Elmer Rush15-3-2
Johanneshov, Stockholm, SwedenWTKO610
referee: Harry Gibbs
Rush down twice in 4th, three times in 5th and four times in 6th
1967-03-30Dave Bailey15-16-3
Masshallen, Gothenburg, SwedenWKO110
time: 2:22
1966-08-19Amos Johnson22-4-2
Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenWKO310
referee: Bengt Almqvist
1966-07-01Gerhard Zech32-5-1
Johanneshov, Stockholm, SwedenWKO710
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)
1965-05-25Muhammad Ali20-0-0
St. Dominic's Hall, Lewiston, Maine, USALKO115
time: 2:12 | referee: Jersey Joe Walcott | judge: Coley Wallace | judge: Russ Leonard | judge: Joe Colvin
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 2,434

1964-02-25Muhammad Ali19-0-0
Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USALRTD615
referee: Barney Felix 57-57 | judge: Bernie Lovett 58-56 | judge: 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

1963-07-22Floyd Patterson38-3-0
Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USAWKO115
time: 2:10 | referee: Harold Krause
World Heavyweight Title
Patterson down 3 times

1962-09-25Floyd Patterson38-2-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO115
time: 2:06 | referee: Frank Sikora | judge: Harold Marovitz | judge: John Bray
~ World Heavyweight Title ~
1961-12-04Albert Westphal24-8-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO110
time: 1:58 | referee: Zach Clayton | judge: Jim Mina | judge: Nick Spano
1961-03-08Howard King37-21-8
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWTKO310
time: 0:53 | referee: Cy Gottfried
1960-09-07Eddie Machen34-2-1
Sicks' Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1212
referee: Whitey Domstad 119-112 | judge: Ely Caston 118-114 | judge: Sam Heller 118-116
Liston penalized three points for low blows.
1960-07-18Zora Folley51-3-2
Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USAWKO312
time: 0:28 | referee: Joe Ullmer
Folley knocked down twice in 2nd round; 9 count and saved by the bell at 9 count
1960-04-25Roy Harris29-1-0
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USAWTKO110
time: 2:35 | referee: Jimmy Webb
Harris was down three times.
1960-03-21Cleveland Williams45-3-0
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USAWTKO210
time: 2:13 | referee: Ernie Taylor
Williams was down for an 8-count before the knockout.
1960-02-23Howard King35-19-8
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWTKO810
referee: Jimmy Peerless
1959-12-09Willi Besmanoff42-17-7
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWRTD710
referee: Mike Minnich | judge: Herb Williams | judge: Charley 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

1959-08-05Nino Valdes47-17-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO310
time: 0:47 | referee: Bernie Weismann 10-9 | judge: Frank Clark 10-9 | judge: Howard Walsh 9-10
1959-04-15Cleveland Williams43-2-0
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWTKO310
time: 2:13 | referee: Jimmy Peerless
Williams was knocked down twice in the 3rd.
1959-02-18Mike DeJohn36-5-1
Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWTKO610
time: 2:43 | referee: Jimmy Peerless
(Poster)
1958-11-18Ernie Cab13-9-1
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWTKO810
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.
1958-10-24Bert Whitehurst24-14-4
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWUD1010
referee: Harry Kessler 50-37 | judge: Howard Hess 50-40 | judge: 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.
1958-10-07Frankie Daniels34-15-2
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWKO110
time: 2:22 | referee: Cy Gottfried
1958-08-06Wayne Bethea17-8-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO110
time: 1:09 | referee: Bernie Weismann
1958-05-14Julio Mederos21-18-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWRTD210
referee: Bernie Weismann
1958-04-03Bert Whitehurst24-13-2
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
1958-03-11Ben Wise8-7-1
Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO48
1958-01-29Billy Hunter11-4-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO26
1956-03-06Marty Marshall22-9-2
Pittsburgh Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
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)

1955-12-13Larry Watson38-24-2
Alnad Temple, East Saint Louis, Illinois, USAWTKO410
1955-09-13Johnny Gray9-3-1
Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO610
1955-05-25Calvin Butler5-2-0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO28
time: 2:18
1955-05-05Emil Brtko15-1-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO510
time: 2:55
1955-04-21Marty Marshall20-7-2
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO610
Marshall was down 4 times; for a 9-count at the end of round 5, and three times in round six.
1955-03-01Neal Welch13-9-1
Masonic Temple, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS88
1954-09-07Marty Marshall17-5-2
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USALSD88
Liston suffered a broken jaw in an early (supposedly, fourth) round of this fight.
1954-08-10Johnny Summerlin18-2-2
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USAWSD88
Summerlin had suffered a fractured nose in a sparring session shortly before this fight.
1954-06-29Johnny Summerlin18-1-2
Motor City Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD88
1954-03-31Stanley Howlett4-0-0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS66
1954-01-25Martin Lee2-2-0
Masonic Temple, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO66
1953-11-21Bennie Thomas5-1-0
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWSD66
1953-09-17Ponce de Leon12-20-4
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS44
1953-09-02Don Smith3-1-0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO14
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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