Full Name: Charles L. Liston
Profession: Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Why Famous: Known for his toughness, punching power and intimidating appearance, he became World Heavyweight Champion in 1962, but failed to live up to his fearsome reputation when he lost the title in 1964 to 7-1 underdog Muhammad Ali.
- 1957-09-03 World Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (25) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri
- 1962-09-25 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1st round for heavyweight title
- 1963-07-22 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
- 1964-02-25 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title
- 1965-05-25 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title rematch
- 1971-01-05 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.