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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Liston pounds Patterson for heavyweight title
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Sept. 25, 1962

With an arrest record as long as his list of knockout victims, Sonny Liston is fearsome both out of the ring and in. The surly challenger had boasted that he would blast Floyd Patterson from his heavyweight throne in five rounds. It didn't take nearly that long.

With a 25-pound weight advantage (214 to 189), Liston takes control from the start, pounding away at the champion's ribs with a two-fisted attack. Then he drops Patterson with a powerful left hook to the jaw. Patterson is counted at 2:06 of the first round and it's several minutes before he can be helped to his corner.

"I felt enough of him under my glove on that last hook to know it was a good enough punch to put any man down hard," Liston says.

Former heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano, who attended the fight in Chicago, says, "I never realized Liston had so much power."

The new heavyweight champ is a man, according to The New York Times, "who was born in poverty, reared in slums and arrested 19 times for various offenses."





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