The Murder of Sonny Liston

Author: Shaun Assael
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 039916975X
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Cashing in on his fading notoriety in the casinos, he is also dealing drugs, working as an enforcer for a crime syndicate, and trying to break into Hollywood as an action star. Along the way, he has a boxer's faith that he can duck any threat, slip any punch. Heroin addiction is the only knockout punch he doesn't see coming. On January 5, 1971, Liston was found dead in his home, with heroin in his blood, from what Las Vegas police speculated was a drug overdose. But Liston's closest friends never believed that he accidentally OD'd. They believed he was murdered. In the decades since, a cottage industry of theories has hung over his death. But none have been substantiated. By digging deep into the life Liston tried hard to hide, investigative journalist Shaun Assael treats Liston's death as a cold case.

The Devil and Sonny Liston

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316897464
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A biography of the controversial fighter follows Liston from the mean streets, where he was a petty criminal, to the heavyweight championship and his life as a pawn of organized crime. By the author of Power on Earth. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine

Author: Thom Jones
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316093057
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The author's world encompasses dilapidated fight arenas, state mental hospitals & chaotic emergency rooms. The inhabitants are his brilliantly etched characters, who battle desperately against fate in a game of life they cannot win but dare not lose. As we approach the end of the century & the millennium, no one writes better or more vividly than Jones does about the personal, private apocalypses we all face in our darkest moments. In one story, a Vietnam vet, a Recon Marine, swims alone across the English Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, & the Bosporus to maintain "the edge" that kept him alive in wartime - & that is all he now has left. In another, a brilliant doctor verges on a breakdown. In the title story, a young amateur fighter stoically endures repetitive beatings because he knows the world of boxing shields & protects him from the even crueler world outside of the ring. A number of these stories have appeared in different forms in the New Yorker, Playboy, & Esquire.

The Devil and Sonny Liston

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780316897754
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A biography of the controversial fighter follows Liston from the mean streets, where he was a petty criminal, to the heavyweight championship and his life as a pawn of organized crime. By the author of Power on Earth. 40,000 first printing.

Sonny Liston

Author: Rob Steen
Publisher: Jr Books Limited
ISBN: 9781906217815
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A biography of the controversial fighter follows Liston from the mean streets where he was a petty criminal, to the heavyweight championship and the tragic end of his life.

The Phantom Punch

Author: Rob Sneddon
Publisher: Down East Books
ISBN: 1608933660
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The two bouts between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston are widely considered the most anticipated and controversial fights in heavyweight boxing. Cassius Clay won the first bout in Miami Beach in February 1964, when Liston refused to come out for the seventh round. The second fight took place in Lewiston, Maine, fifteen months later in May 1965. Halfway through the first round, Ali countered a left from Liston with a fast right, knocking Liston down. He did not get up. Ali s right was so fast many spectators never even saw it. It was quickly dubbed the Phantom Punch and rumors began to swirl that Liston had thrown the fight. Many who believed Liston a brutal fighter who picked up boxing in prison had also thrown the first fight the year before in Miami were now vindicated. Journalist and sports historian Rob Sneddon takes a fresh look at the infamous Muhammad Ali Sonny Liston fight of May 25, 1965, which ended in chaos at a high school hockey rink in Lewiston, Maine. Sneddon digs deep into the fight s background and comes up with fascinating new takes on boxing promotion in the 1960s; on Ali s rapid rise and Liston s sudden fall; on how the bout ended up in Lewiston and, of course, on Ali s phantom punch. That single lightning-quick blow triggered a complex chain reaction of events that few people understood, either then or now. Even if you ve seen films of the fight and think you know what happened, this book will change your perspective on boxing s greatest controversy."

King of the World

Author: David Remnick
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375702296
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Explores the transformation of a young boxer into an internationally renowned athlete, mythic hero, American icon, and central figure in the twentieth century's social, cultural, and racial conflicts

Flying Over Sonny Liston

Author: Gary Short
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874172850
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A collection of poems exploring the theme of being human in the modern western world. It focuses on survival in harsh environments such as the desert or the landscape of the soul, with a movement from despair to realization, from compassion to forgiveness from the graces of mercy, hope and trust.