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SONNY LISTON RUMORS & GOSSIP

Today in History: Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson II

On July 22, 1963, Sonny Liston defeated Floyd Patterson in their second meeting to defend the heavyweight title at the Convention Center in Las Vegas. Patterson hit the ground three times and was finally counted out 2:10 into the first round. Ironically, a ring side vendor yelled “Last round, folks,” before the match started. The contract for their first meeting bound the...
Via Grandstand University
23 days ago  |  Discuss

FBI Thought 1964 Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston Fight Was Rigged By Mob

Tuesday marked 50 years since Cassius Clay, also known as Muhammad Ali, “shocked the world” and beat one of the greatest fighters to ever step in the boxing ring — Sonny Liston. The fight catapulted the young Clay to the top of the boxing world, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation thought the win might have involved something more seedy beyond the box score. Clay and Liston...
Via NESN.com
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Muhammad Ali Joins Twitter on 50th Anniversary of His Epic Fight Against Sonny Liston

Can you imagine how Muhammad Ali would have utilized social media back in his day? The man was infamous for talking trash and I can only imagine what sort of hashtags he would have come up with for his opponents. It may be too late for him to talk trash, but the man formerly known as Cassius Clay has finally done it.He's joined Twitter.@MuhammadAli/TwitterThe decision came...
Via FatManWriting
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

FBI Thought Ali-Liston Fight May Have Been Rigged By Mob

Muhammad Ali’s defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964 stunned everyone and catapulted the young Cassius Clay, who that night proclaimed himself as “The King of the World,” to the top of the boxing world. But Liston’s decision to quit before the 8th round not only shocked the fans, but also the FBI. Documents have now been released that show the FBI suspected that the fight may have...
Via BlackSportsOnline
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Muhammad Ali’s first heavyweight title win

Today is a very important day in boxing history. On this day fifty years ago, Muhammad Ali won his first heavyweight championship when then champion Sonny Liston refused to come out of his corner after the sixth round of their first bout against each other. Ali was then known still by his birth name, Cassius Clay, but he was still the same man even back then: brash, cocky, and incredibly...
Via Players View
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

50th Anniversary Of Cassius Clay Vs Sonny Liston

On February 25, 1964, in a well publicized bout in Miami, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, faced Sonny Liston for the first time. Ali’s record at the time was 19-0 and it was the first title match for the 22-year-old. Although he was an Olympic gold medalist, the odds favored Sonny Liston 7 to 1. After 7 rounds, however, Liston was counted out and Ali became the heavyweight...
Via The Roosevelts
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

FBI suspected iconic 1964 Ali-Liston fight was rigged by mob

FBI suspected iconic 1964 Ali-Liston fight was rigged by mob: Fifty years ago today, Muhammad Ali “shocked the world” and beat one of the most fearsome fighters ever to put on a pair of boxing gloves, heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. But what if that storied fight was not what it seemed?
Via Hugging Harold Reynolds
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Muhammad Ali changed the face of athletes

(Part Two...to read part one, please click here ) Cassius Clay did not just throw out his name after he beat Sonny Liston. At a press conference two days after the fight, Cassius X started reshaping the world. "I know where I'm going, and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be," he told reporters. "I'm free to be what I want...
Via Fox Sports
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Fifty years ago, Clay stopped Liston

( First of two parts ) Cassius Clay was in a psychotic rage. Or at least he wanted to the world to think he was. "You ain't got no chance!" he yelled at Sonny Liston. "You whupped!" It was the morning of Feb. 25, 1964. The fighters were weighing in for that night's heavyweight championship fight. Two priests were at the Miami Beach Convention Hall...
Via Fox Sports
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sonny Liston vs. George Chuvalo fantasy fight

George Chuvalo was a major heavyweight contender of the mid-1960s, arguably endowed with the toughest body of any boxer who ever lived. This was so much so that Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) sought to avoid facing him for a time, and Sonny Liston never elected to accept a challenge from the then-Canadian heavyweight champion. In a scenario typical of boxing, the fight came close...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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