Sonny Liston Meets the Press

By Boxing News on August 7, 2014
Sonny Liston Meets the Press
Heavyweight champion of the world Sonny Liston got more bad press than he deserved.

“I have never met an athlete in baseball, basketball or football who is smarter, more intelligent than Sonny Liston.”—Jose Torres

He was no angel, but former heavyweight champion of the world Sonny Liston received more bad press than he deserved. He was disparaged. He was called names. He was said to represent nothing less than the dark side of moon. But the press is a notoriously poor judge of human nature. Reporters’ biases influence what they write, which in turn becomes gospel for those who believe everything they read. But the real Sonny Liston was more complex than most people knew, or that those who knew were willing to admit, as this short but revealing video indicates…

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  1. Tex Hassler 02:55pm, 08/10/2014

    I met and visited with Liston at a gym in Houston, Texas about 1969. He was very polite and kind. He could be very nice if treated right. My meeting with him was positive and I will never forget it.

  2. Eric 06:52pm, 08/07/2014

    Probably the most underrated heavyweight champ ever. I would rank only Ali and Louis ahead of a prime Liston. And I do believe a prime, well trained Liston had the potential to beat even an Ali or Louis on the right night. I can see Liston giving Louis lots of trouble and possibly knocking him out. Styles do make fights. Swarmers like Dempsey, Marciano, Tyson were made to order for Liston, as they would’ve have been against Foreman. Foreman could’ve beaten Liston, but Liston was the superior all around fighter. This guy definitely deserves to be in the top 5 of all time, but usually finds himself lucky to be placed in the bottom 10 behind fighters he would have beaten more times than not.

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