Sonny Liston vs. Leotis Martin

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Leotis Martin puts Sonny Liston down for the count

1969-12-06 : Sonny Liston 219½ lbs lost to Leotis Martin 199 lbs by KO at 1:08 in round 9 of 12

  • NABF Heavyweight Title (Vacant title)


  • Inaugural NABF title fight.
  • Martin was ranked third by the WBA, and Liston was ranked fifth.
  • Liston was a 13-5 favorite.
  • Since losing to Muhammad Ali in 1965, Liston had won 14 consecutive fights, 13 by knockout.
  • Introduced from the ring prior to this bout were Freddie Little, Ernie Lopez and Doyle Baird.
  • Liston knocked Martin on the seat of his trunks at 2:11 of the fourth round with a left hook to the jaw. He was up quickly and didn't appear badly hurt.
  • Martin, behind on points, knocked out Liston at 1:08 of the ninth round. He hurt Liston with a vicious right and followed up with a left hook and another right. Liston went down flat on his face and was counted out.
  • This was Martin's last fight. He was forced to retire due to a detached retina he suffered in this bout.

Preceded by:
NABF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 1
Succeeded by:
Ali vs. Bonavena