Sonny Liston Record & Stats

Sonny Liston Record & Stats

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Sonny Liston (The Big Bear) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Sand Slough, Arkansas, U.S. on January 1, 1930. Liston made his professional boxing debut at the age of 23 against Don Smith on September 2, 1953. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on December 30, 1970 at the age of 40 years. Liston is a Hall of Famer.

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Sand Slough, Arkansas, U.S.
“The Big Bear”
Born
Jan 1, 1930
Died
Dec 30, 1970 (40 years)
Debut
Sep 2, 1953
Record
50-4
Rounds
264
KO Pct
72.2%
Height
185 cm
Reach
213 cm
Ape Index
28 cm
Stance
Orthodox
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Sonny Liston's boxing record and stats summarized in an infographic
Sonny Liston's record and stats summarized in an infographic

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      Sonny Liston Record

      In a career spanning 16 years and 9 months, Sonny Liston fought 54 times with 50 wins and 4 losses. By his last professional fight on June 29, 1970, Liston's record stood at 50-4 (39 KOs). In total, he fought 264 rounds of professional boxing in 54 bouts.

      Total Fights54
      Wins50
      Losses4
      Draws0
      No-Contests0
      KO Wins39
      Total Title Wins4
      Title Defenses1
      Title-Fight KO Wins2
      Losses via KO3
      #DateAgeOpponentResultVia
      54Jun 29, 197040 Chuck WepnerWinRTD9
      53Dec 6, 196939Leotis MartinLossKO9
      52Sep 23, 196939Sonny MooreWinKO3
      51May 19, 196939George JohnsonWinTKO7
      50Mar 28, 196939Billy JoinerWinUD
      49Dec 10, 196838Amos LincolnWinKO2
      48Nov 12, 196838Roger RischerWinKO3
      47Nov 3, 196838Willis EarlsWinKO2
      46Oct 14, 196838Sonny MooreWinTKO3
      45Jul 6, 196838Henry ClarkWinTKO7
      44May 23, 196838Billy JoinerWinRTD7
      43Mar 16, 196838Bill McMurrayWinTKO4
      42Apr 28, 196737Elmer RushWinTKO6
      41Mar 30, 196737Dave BaileyWinKO1
      40Aug 19, 196636Amos JohnsonWinKO3
      39Jul 1, 196636Gerhard ZechWinKO7
      38May 25, 196535 Muhammad Ali LossKO1
      37Feb 25, 196434 Cassius Clay LossRTD6
      36Jul 22, 196333 Floyd Patterson WinKO1
      35Sep 25, 196232 Floyd Patterson WinKO1
      34Dec 4, 196131Albert WestphalWinKO1
      33Mar 8, 196131Howard KingWinTKO3
      32Sep 7, 196030Eddie MachenWinUD
      31Jul 18, 196030Zora FolleyWinKO3
      30Apr 25, 196030Roy HarrisWinTKO1
      29Mar 21, 196030 Cleveland WilliamsWinTKO2
      28Feb 23, 196030Howard KingWinRTD7
      27Dec 9, 195929Willi BesmanoffWinRTD6
      26Aug 5, 195929Niño ValdésWinKO3
      25Apr 15, 195929 Cleveland WilliamsWinTKO3
      24Feb 18, 195929Mike DeJohnWinTKO6
      23Nov 18, 195828Ernie CabWinRTD7
      22Oct 24, 195828Bert WhitehurstWinUD
      21Oct 7, 195828Frankie DanielsWinKO1
      20Aug 6, 195828Wayne BetheaWinTKO1
      19May 14, 195828Julio MederosWinRTD2
      18Apr 3, 195828Bert WhitehurstWinPTS
      17Mar 11, 195828Ben WiseWinTKO4
      16Jan 29, 195828Billy HunterWinTKO2
      15Mar 6, 195626Marty MarshallWinUD
      14Dec 13, 195525Larry WatsonWinTKO4
      13Sep 13, 195525Johnny GrayWinTKO6
      12May 25, 195525Calvin ButlerWinTKO2
      11May 5, 195525Emil BrtkoWinTKO5
      10Apr 21, 195525Marty MarshallWinTKO6
      9Mar 1, 195525Neal WelchWinPTS
      8Sep 7, 195424Marty MarshallLossSD
      7Aug 10, 195424Johnny SummerlinWinSD
      6Jun 29, 195424Johnny SummerlinWinUD
      5Mar 31, 195424Stanley HowlettWinPTS
      4Jan 25, 195424Martin LeeWinTKO6
      3Nov 21, 195323Bennie ThomasWinSD
      2Sep 17, 195323Ponce de LeonWinPTS
      1Sep 2, 195323Don SmithWinTKO1

      Sonny Liston Stats

      Sonny Liston was 185 cm tall (6' 0.83") with a reach of 213 cm (6' 11.86"). He used to fight out of the orthodox stance and presented an ape-index of 28 cm (11.02"). Liston had a 77.8% KO rate.

      Career Summary

      Sonny Liston was active from from 1953 to 1970. He started boxing professionally at 23 years of age; Liston debuted against Don Smith on September 2, 1953, and defeated Smith via 1st round TKO.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 32 on September 25, 1962 after 34 professional fights against Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight NYSAC, WBA, and The Ring titles. Liston defeated Patterson via 1st round KO to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.

      Liston's notable victories include wins over Floyd Patterson, Cleveland Williams, Amos Lincoln, George Johnson, Billy Joiner, Sonny Moore, and Willis Earls. For a complete list of Liston's best performances refer to Sonny Liston's best fights.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against fellow American boxer Chuck Wepner at 40 years of age, on June 29, 1970. Liston won the fight via 9th round RTD.

      Liston was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1991.

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