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Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch epub

by Rob Steen


Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch epub

ISBN: 1906217815

ISBN13: 978-1906217815

Author: Rob Steen

Category: Sport

Subcategory: Individual Sports

Language: English

Publisher: JR Books (November 15, 2008)

Pages: 256 pages

ePUB book: 1227 kb

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Rating: 4.3

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Rob Steen is a freelance journalist and has written for the Independent on Sunday and the Financial Times. This book gives the reader the primary knowledge of Sonny Liston. Look at it as Liston 101, or the Liston Clif notes. It is a quick and fairly entertaining read.

Rob Steen is a freelance journalist and has written for the Independent on Sunday and the Financial Times. Paperback: 256 pages. Publisher: JR Books (November 15, 2008). 3 people found this helpful.

The career of Charles "Sonny" Liston has attracted more debate and hostility than that of any other master of the squared circle.

The career of Charles Sonny Liston has attracted more debate and hostility. 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 Son The career of Charles "Sonny" Liston has attracted more debate and hostility than that of any other master of the squared circle.

The career of Charles "Sonny" Liston has attracted more debate and hostility than that of any other master of the . 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. 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 Sonny's standing as one of the most formidable punchers ever to enter the ring.

The career of Charles Sonny Liston has attracted more debate and hostility than that of any other master of the squared . This book tells the compelling story of the formidable world heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston, who lost his title to Cassius Clay in one of boxing's most dramtic fights.

The career of Charles Sonny Liston has attracted more debate and hostility than that of any other master of the squared circle.

A larger than life character with a life of ups and downs, ending in tragedy, this is a mesmerising portrait of one of the most formidable boxers of all time, told with compassion. Rob Steen is a freelance journalist and has written for the Independent on Sunday, Wisden Cricket Monthly, the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph. He has written numerous books on sport. Format Paperback 256 pages. Dimensions 129 x 197 x 1. 8mm 20. 2g. Publication date 15 Nov 2008. Publisher JR Books Ltd. Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom.

Authors : Steen, Rob. Condition : Good. Product Category : Books. From Cassius Clay and underworld gangsters to the Civil Rights Movement and the police, Charles 'Sonny' Liston's life was hard, controversial and his death shrouded in mystery. This book tells the story of a formidable world heavyweight champion - who lost his title to Cassius Clay in one of boxing's most dramatic fights.

Sonny Liston was found dead at his Las Vegas home in 1971

Sonny Liston was found dead at his Las Vegas home in 1971. A coroner concluded he died of natural causes - but some say the truth is darker. The strange circumstances of Liston's death - and the murky life he had been living at the time - have fuelled fierce speculation about what may have happened to him. Some, such as Sgt Caputo, accept the coroner's verdict of natural causes. But many still struggle to do so, and the prevailing theory - one that has only gained traction since his death - is that his criminal connections came back to bite him and he was murdered by the mob.

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 Sonny'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.
The author gives us some very good insight on Liston's background and his connections with the worst elements that have infiltrated the boxing business since it became a money making business. The problem I had while reading the book was, as a person who has followed boxing for some forty-five years, it's apparent that the author is really not one that follows the sport. I'll list just a few examples. Steen (the author), states that when speaking about Nevada world title fights, that "Jim Corbett had reduced Bob Fitzsimmons to a state of near-paralysis in the fourteenth. Jim, the Cornishman remarked after rescrambling his senses, you gave me a bloody good licking, I will never fight you again." Problem is, it was Fizsimmons that knocked-out Corbett in that classic encounter!
Another example; The author states that Leotis Martin, the last fighter to defeat Liston, had "kept Joe Frazier at bay for almost nine rounds in the 1st section of the WBA heavyweight tournament" Martin never met Frazier in the ring and Frazier never was even in the tournament. Another example; Speaking about a $10,000 bet that Liston laid on heavyweight Mac Foster to defeat contender Jerry Quarry, Steen describes the fighter Quarry as "ageing and cumbersome". Quarry, at that time was in his early 20's, actually at his near peak, and was hardly "cumbersome", with two of the fastest counter-punching fist ever seen in the heavyweight ranks. With numerous, even very obvious errors in the book, one has to wonder about the authors many other facts and revelations ? I would not be so sure that a good deal of what the author states is completely true fact. But, much of the Liston story is well known anyway and the author's telling gives us some good food for thought. His literary style is good and his personal analogy of boxing in its violent form is spot-on. Despite Steen's apparent lack of historical boxing knowledge the book is still worth reading.
Questions abound around Sonny Liston's memory almost forty years after his death. How good was he? where does he rank in the hierarchy of al_time heavyweights? How did he die? How shadowy was his existence?

This book answers few, if any of these questions, but Liston deserves examination in boxing history, perhaps as the first felon heavyweight champion, and this book is a start.

Sonny liston terrorized the division in the late 1950's and early 1960's, and most white contenders, as well as the reigning champions of the time, Floyd Patterson and Ingomar Johanson, gave him a wide berth. His menacing, baleful stare kept the white sports media and the advertisers of the day away from him.

Yet, the adjective most common in describing him was "intelligent". Not in the literate, well-educated sense, he could neither read nor write, but in the sense that he realized what his own persona was, and that he had a quick wit.

This book delves into his personality as deeply as it can. He trusted few, and had almost no friends, aside from his wife. He was clearly a "bad boy." although with some redeeming qualities.

There are several authors to read if you want another glimpse into the life of Sonny Liston. A.J Liebling held Liston in high esteem, and wrote some revealing articles in the twilight of his life. The book "The Cold Six Thousand", by James Ellroy takes a darker, if fictional, look at the Liston character.

This book gives the reader the primary knowledge of Sonny Liston. Look at it as Liston 101, or the Liston Clif notes. It is a quick and fairly entertaining read.
sony sony sony, the most complicated fighter in my day...often misunderstood, and always mistreated...great book for boxing fans of yesterday, and a even greater book for boxing fans today...read how it was and reflect on the fighters of today...
I'm not a huge boxing fan, but after seeing the movie about Muhammad Ali, I was interested in learning more about Sonny Liston.
There is a lot of detail in this book. The level of detail and the author's writing style make it a bit difficult to follow. He does a thorough job of covering the various situations that took place though, which made Liston's escapades come alive. I can't really fault it because it works.

Now that I have read this, I have a much better appreciation of Liston as a man and a boxer. It also gives an unvarnished look at what was really happening behind the scenes back then. The amount of manipulation of the boxing profession is amazing. It also made me realize how crooked boxing can sometimes be-even today.
A very nice depiction of his life that gives you a sense that Sonny was misunderstood and unfairly judged during his life. A shady character with flaws, no doubt, but much of the good he did in his life goes underreported. A good read for any boxing enthusiast.
great book. I loved sonny back in the day and thought he laid down in the ali fights