Sonny Liston

1932 - 1970

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Charles L. "Sonny" Liston (c. 1922-1930 – December 30, 1970) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1953 to 1970. A dominant contender of his era, he became the world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, repeating the knockout the following year in defense of the title; in the latter fight he also became the inaugural WBC heavyweight champion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sonny Liston has received more than 4,719,455 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Sonny Liston is the 11th most popular boxer (up from 15th in 2019), the 1,142nd most popular biography from United States and the 10th most popular American Boxer.

Sonny Liston was a boxer who was most famous for his heavyweight title fight against Cassius Clay in 1964. Liston was a heavyweight champion from 1962 to 1964, but he lost his title to Clay in the first round.

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Among boxers, Sonny Liston ranks 11 out of 324Before him are Joe Louis, George Foreman, Max Schmeling, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Jake LaMotta. After him are Rubin Carter, Primo Carnera, Evander Holyfield, Jack Dempsey, James J. Braddock, and Floyd Patterson.

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Among people born in 1932, Sonny Liston ranks 66Before him are Peter Eisenman, Robert Mundell, Khaled al-Asaad, Nagisa Oshima, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, and David Scott. After him are Hiroaki Sato, Algirdas Brazauskas, Lalo Schifrin, Rainer Weiss, Petula Clark, and Vytautas Landsbergis. Among people deceased in 1970, Sonny Liston ranks 48Before him are Percy Spencer, E. M. Forster, Italo Gariboldi, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Władysław Anders, and Lev Kuleshov. After him are Erich Heckel, Kiyoo Kanda, B. H. Liddell Hart, Jean Giono, Francis Peyton Rous, and Tarjei Vesaas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sonny Liston ranks 1,142 out of 15,968Before him are James Earl Ray (1928), Robert Englund (1947), Geena Davis (1956), Mark Felt (1913), Hiram Maxim (1840), and Kelly Preston (1962). After him are William Howard Stein (1911), Mae West (1893), Susan Hayward (1917), Joseph Erlanger (1874), Billie Jean King (1943), and Jerry Bruckheimer (1943).

Among BOXERS In United States

Among boxers born in United States, Sonny Liston ranks 10Before him are Mike Tyson (1966), Joe Louis (1914), George Foreman (1949), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), Sugar Ray Robinson (1921), and Jake LaMotta (1922). After him are Rubin Carter (1937), Evander Holyfield (1962), Jack Dempsey (1895), James J. Braddock (1905), Floyd Patterson (1935), and Ken Norton (1943).