Sonny Liston - His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch


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Steen, Robert (2008) Sonny Liston - His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch JR Books, London. ISBN 9781906217815

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The career of Charles "Sonny" Liston has attracted more debate and hostility than that of any other master of the squared circle. Even now, there remain more questions than answers: How much was he controlled and manipulated by underworld figures? Did he take a dive in the momentous bout with Cassius Clay? When was he born and how and why did he die? What is certain is Sony's standing as one of the most formidable punchers ever to enter the ring. Despite all the efforts of the boxing fraternity, he was finally allowed to fight for the world title nine years after turning professional. Grasping his chance with indecent haste, he deposed Floyd Patterson with a first-round knockout, then repeated the dose a year later. He was not seen as a suitable role model by the civil rights movement because of his criminal past and dubious associates, and was reluctant to participate in the pursuit of racial equality. Meanwhile, he was constantly pursued and badgered by the police, compelling him to move from state to state in search of refuge. A larger than life character with a life of ups and downs, ending in tragedy, this is a mesmerizing portrait of one of the most formidable boxers of all time.

Item Type: Authored book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boxing; Sonny Liston; Muhammad Ali; corruption; Mafia; civil rights
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Robert Steen
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 11:18

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