Sonny Liston's mysterious story takes a new turn as questions over death of an enigma feature in new book


The enigma that was the late Sonny Liston lives on, all these years after his death.

Did he quit on his stool in one of the biggest upsets of all time because of an injured shoulder, because some dark forces twisted his arm behind his back or because he was spooked by Cassius Clay?

Did Muhammad Ali, as Clay had renamed himself, hit his ‘Big Ugly Bear’ in their second fight or did Liston go down voluntarily from a phantom punch?

Sonny Liston was an enigma throughout his career and following his days in the ring

Sonny Liston was an enigma throughout his career and following his days in the ring

There have always been questions over the outcomes of his fights against Muhammad Ali

There have always been questions over the outcomes of his fights against Muhammad Ali

Were the mob pulling the strings in one or both instances?

Such questions have dogged Liston’s memory and teased Ali’s legacy for half a century.

Now comes a murder mystery.

Author Shaun Assael believes that Sonny Liston was the victim not of a heroin overdose, as…



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