Heavyweight boxer Charles “Sonny” Liston was born on May 8, 1932, in St. Francis County, Arkansas. Liston fought his way to boxing fame, becoming the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round. He would hold the title for the next two years.
In 1964, Liston faced off against a young Muhammad Ali in what was billed as the “fight of the century.” However, Liston was unable to deliver, and Ali won the fight by technical knockout in the seventh round. There was a rematch between Liston and Ali in 1970, but Liston lost.
Liston finished his boxing career with 50 wins and only four losses. He died in 1971 at only 38 years old.
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