Sonny Liston: Profile, Age, Height, Achievements, And Career Stats

We’ll talk about Sonny Liston, her life, and achievements in this article along with Profile, Age, Height, And Career Stats

American professional boxer Charles L. “Sonny” Liston competed from 1953 to 1970. He was born around 1930 and passed away on December 30, 1970. He beat Floyd Patterson in the first round to win the championship and then repeated the same the following year to defend it. In the latter bout, he also became the first WBC heavyweight champion. He was a dominant contender of his time. Particularly well-known for his great strength, powerful jab, long reach, toughness, and notoriously menacing demeanor, Liston was a fighter.

Although Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) entered the fight as a 7-1 underdog, Liston, who was widely regarded as invincible, ultimately defeated Ali to win the title in 1964. As a result of an injured shoulder, Liston withdrew in his corner.

The boxing records of Sonny Liston are as follows, 


Total Fights 54
Wins 50
Wins by KO 39
Losses 4

Sonny Liston Biography

  • Real Name: Charles L. “Sonny” Liston
  • Nickname: Sonny Liston 
  • Profession : American Professional Boxer
  • Boxing Stance : Orthodox Stance 
  • Nationality : American
  • Net Worth : $82 thousand
  • Professional Debut : September 2, 1953
  • Coach/ Mentor : Willie Reddish

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  • Height : 1.85 m
  • Weight : Heavyweight 
  • Body Measurements : Not Available 
  • Build : Masculine 
  • Eye color : Dark Brown 
  • Hair color : Black 

Sonny Liston Personal Life

  • Date of Birth : 8 May 1932
  • Place of Birth : Sand Slough, Arkansas
  • Date of Death : December 30th, 1970
  • Place of Death : Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 
  • Cause of Death : Heart and breathing issues 
  • School : Not Known 
  • College : Not Known 
  • Highest Educational Qualifications : Not Known
  • Zodiac Sign : Taurus 
  • Sexual Orientation : Straight 
  • Hobbies : Reading 

Sonny Liston Family Life

  • Mother’s Name : Helen Baskin
  • Father’s Name : Tob Liston 
  • Sibling’s Name : Not Known
  • Marital Status : Married
  • Spouse Name : Geraldine Seithel
  • Children’s Name : Danielle

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Sonny Liston Achievements

  1. Won the Golden Gloves world heavyweight champion in 1953
  2. In his first professional boxing match, Sonny Liston knocked out Dan Smith in the first round in 1953.
  3. Defeated Michigan state heavyweight champion John Summerlin in 1954
  4. Clinched the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship 1962-64.
  5. Defeated Gerhard Zech in first match of comeback attempt in 1966

Here are some lesser known facts about Sonny Liston

  1. Sonny Liston adored children and wanted to be an inspiration for them. 
  2. Joe Louis and Mohammad Ali were his closest friends. 
  3. He was unable to read or write, but he managed to learn how to sign his name so he could give kids who requested his autograph the chance to do so;
  4. He was well-known for being impeccably honest and for being generous and nice to many people.
  5. He was highly witty and had a dry sense of humour.

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