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 5,023,982 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Sonny Liston is the 10th most popular boxer (up from 11th in 2019), the 1,148th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,141st in 2019) and the 9th most popular 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 10 out of 326Before him are Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Floyd Mayweather Jr., George Foreman, Max Schmeling, and Sugar Ray Robinson. After him are Jake LaMotta, Jack Dempsey, László Papp, Evander Holyfield, James J. Braddock, and Floyd Patterson.

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Among people born in 1932, Sonny Liston ranks 67Before him are Anatoliy Solovianenko, Nagisa Oshima, Peter Eisenman, Pier Angeli, Sheldon Lee Glashow, and David Scott. After him are Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Thomas Klestil, Petula Clark, Walter Gilbert, Rainer Weiss, and Naina Yeltsina. Among people deceased in 1970, Sonny Liston ranks 46Before him are Władysław Anders, Italo Gariboldi, Lázaro Cárdenas, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Arthur Adamov, and E. M. Forster. After him are Lev Kuleshov, B. H. Liddell Hart, Percy Spencer, Barnett Newman, Jean Giono, and Elsa Triolet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sonny Liston ranks 1,148 out of 18,182Before him are Arthur Ashe (1943), James Cagney (1899), Paul D. Boyer (1918), Sylvia Earle (1935), Neil Diamond (1941), and James Brolin (1940). After him are Adam West (1928), Daniel Keyes (1927), Loie Fuller (1862), Don Siegel (1912), George H. Hitchings (1905), and William Gibson (1948).

Among BOXERS In United States

Among boxers born in United States, Sonny Liston ranks 9Before him are Mike Tyson (1966), Joe Frazier (1944), Joe Louis (1914), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), George Foreman (1949), and Sugar Ray Robinson (1921). After him are Jake LaMotta (1922), Jack Dempsey (1895), Evander Holyfield (1962), James J. Braddock (1905), Floyd Patterson (1935), and Larry Holmes (1949).