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I remember the Liston Clay fight and that punch was something else if it was a punch. Looked pretty dodgy to me. Floyd Paterson seemed terrified of Liston when they fought. But this article is well worded and really tells the story of how much the mob were into everything and I won't say just in those days. Who knows what goes on behind the scenes today.
That was really interesting and very well written. Thank you, BBC. Can this man write about football, too? I'd like unbiased and informative articles about football.
Great read. I remember Jim Wicks saying he would never endanger Henry Cooper in the ring with Liston such was his reputation. Floyd Patterson was like a rabbit in the headlights in the two fights with Liston. I believe comparisons were drawn with Jack Johnson who was a similar intimidating figure in the early 1900s. Doubt he ever lost a street fight.
How can you be “recently retired” and “still active as a professional fighter” ?I presume there are no sub editors at the BBC
I have zero interest in boxing but that was a fascinating read! More stories like that please!
Nick Tosche, in his biography of Liston, Night Train, has Chuck Wepner say of his fight with Liston, "Every time he hit me he broke something!"
Nick Tosche, in his biography of Liston, Night Train, had Chuck Wepner saying of his fight with Liston "Every time he hit me, he broke something!"
A great article, my Father always spoke of Liston. The men in suits still run boxing corrupt from the beginning, the money involved unfortunately will always, always make it this way.
Liston could box, take a punch and deliver one, surely the most under rated of all champions. He was a great champion, one of the best, a human dreadnought of a fighter, and we should remember him as that. The final words on Liston should go to George, a man who knew and fought him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ6jKejDP9U
Liston was over the hill when he fought Ali, an Ali in his prime and probably at this point in his career, the greatest boxer that ever was. However, in my opinion a 32 year old Liston would have beaten a 32 year old Ali and I'd loved to have seen a 25 year old Liston fight a 25 year Ali. Liston was old gunslinger when he met the unstoppable force of Ali at 23, a perfect storm.
Just one of boxing's dark sides.The fighters who make a name are a tiny minority - there are many more who fail& many of them end up very damaged. A family member once worked in a big mental hospital in the 1990's and they had dedicated wards just for 'punch drunk' brain damaged ex-boxers.Things have improved supposedly but I'm sure a lot of damaged 'failed' boxers are still out there.
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