Adventures in the Fight Racket #1

Today's Adventure: Charles 'Sonny' Liston rises from the canvas after tanking out for the second time in his career (1965)


Anonymous said...

Tom, I'm going to assume that you've read Nick Tosches' book about Liston?

Tom Sutpen said...

Sure did. In fact, I think that photo was on the jacket of the hardcover edition.

Amazing bit of writing, but I think Tosches comes a little too close to suggesting that Liston's tanking in the first title bout with Clay (which I believe, btw) is both a new theory and his theory (the second bout was unambiguously thrown). It's not. There had been talk about the Miami fight being a tank job virtually from the moment Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round. Tosches lays out the case more skillfully than anyone else has, but it's not a new theory by any means.

Anonymous said...

I liked it a lot.

Liston has always fascinated me. He was totally lacking in the skills required to be a figure in the public light, and ended up under the harshest glare in sports (It's hard to imagine now, but being the heavyweight champ was once the biggest bauble there was)

A really tragic figure.