History | Jun 29 2018

On This Day: Sonny Liston cut up Chuck Wepner in his last fight

Sonny Liston halted Chuck Wepner six months before his demise
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IN Jersey City, New Jersey on June 29, 1970, former world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston fought for the last time when he halted Chuck Wepner at the end of the ninth round.

Bayonne, New Jersey’s Wepner lived up to his nickname of the ‘Bayonne Bleeder’ when his vulnerable features suffered fight-ending lacerations at the slashing fists of the surly Liston.

The 38-year-old former champion was having his first fight since being flattened by Leotis Martin the previous December.

 

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