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Sonny Liston
(1917-1990) born on
May 08
US boxer. He became the heavyweight champion by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, 25 Sep 1962; lost to Ali, 25 Feb 1964.
A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There's got to be good guys and there's got to be bad guys. And that's what people pay for -- to see the bad guys get beat.

It don't matter as long as he can count up to ten.
If they ever let me in the ring with him [Cassius Clay], I'm liable to be put away for murder.
In the films the good guy always wins, but this is one bad guy who ain't gonna lose.
I never had a dime to my name before I became a fighter. I never had friends before, or respect. Now when people see me on the street, they turn around and say, "Ain't that Sonny Liston, the fighter?"
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Attributed; in "And I Quote," by Ashton Applewhite, 1992.
R: On his choice of referee for the fight with Patterson.
A: In "The Experts Speak," by Victor Navasky & Christopher Cerf, 1984.
N: Before the title fight with Patterson, 25 Sep 1962, in which he became the heavyweight champion.
K: In "Boxing Illustrated," Aug 1959.

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