Looking At Sonny Liston’s Legacy With Frank Lotierzo – Charles “Sonny” Liston (50-4-0, 39 KOs) competed from 1953 to 1970. A dominant contender of his era, he became the world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, repeating the knockout the following year in defense of the title. In the latter fight he also became the inaugural WBC heavyweight champion. Liston was particularly known for his toughness, formidable punching power, long reach, and intimidating appearance.
Although Liston was widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the title in 1964 to Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali), who entered as a 7–1 underdog. Controversy followed with claims that Liston had been drinking heavily the night before the fight. In his 1965 rematch with Clay, Liston suffered an unexpected first-round knockout. He was still a world-ranked boxer when he died under mysterious circumstances in 1970.
On this segment our boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo talks about all time great Sonny Liston.
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