Liston KO'd popular Patterson for title
Sept. 25, 1962 - With an arrest record as long as his list of knockout victims, Sonny Liston was fearsome both out of the ring and in. The surly challenger had boasted that he would blast Floyd Patterson from his heavyweight throne in five rounds. It didn't take nearly that long.
With a 25-pound weight advantage (214 to 189), Liston took control from the start, pounding away at the champion's ribs with a two-fisted attack in their bout at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Then he dropped Patterson with a powerful left hook to the jaw. Patterson was counted out at 2:06 of the first round and it was several minutes before he could be helped to his corner.
"I felt enough of him under my glove on that last hook to know it was a good enough punch to put any man down hard," Liston said.
Former heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano, who attended the fight, said, "I never realized Liston had so much power."
The new champion was a man, according to The New York Times, "who was born in poverty, reared in slums and arrested 19 times for various offenses."
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