History | Dec 30 2018

On This Day: The mysterious Sonny Liston died in 1970

But the Sonny Liston legend is just beginning. By Graham Houston
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This obituary originally appeared in our January 15, 1971 issue.

CHARLES ‘SONNY’ LISTON, former heavyweight champion of the world, is dead. Now the Liston legend begins.

Just how good was the man? Did he fake the two undignified affairs with Clay-Ali? Was he a great fighter, victimised by circumstances or a bully-boy who did not like being hit back?

 

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