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  1. says:

    This book does a great tribute to Sonny Liston, who apparently is one of the most misunderstood celebrities of the Twentieth Century. That is probably the best thing the book accomplishes for the reader. The next best thing is that it prompts the reader to find even greater in depth knowledge, which I will be doing when I finish this book. I am sorry to give a book that I believe to be such a great tribute t

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    I always thought of Sonny Liston as the guy who didn't fight very well against Ali. He was an afterthought for me. After reading about his life and his two famous fights with Ali, I have a much better understand

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    Sonny Liston was the biggest and baddest Heavyweight fighter of them all. He had a jackhammer jab, a left hook that had KO written all over it, and he was generally impervious to opponent's punches. He dominated the heavyweights from 1956 1964 (up until Clay). Yet, because of his lurid prison past, the sportswriters disliked him and he never got his "due" as a truly great heavyweight champion. Well, author Paul Gallend

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    Rarely has a public figure, a celebrity, lived a life that raised as many unanswered questions as Sonny Liston. The lineal heavyweight champion of the world was a man of seemingly endless contradictions. His life after losing the heavyweight title was lived under a shroud of murkiness. His death, to this day, is an unsolved mystery.

    Bo

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    I was about nine years old when Sonny Liston fought Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay as he was then) for the first time. Everybdy I knew seemed to think the result would be a foregone conclusion. Apart from my Dad.

    The auth

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    A very well researched and brutally fair , balanced look at a remarkable man who rose from abject poverty to become arguably the most ferocio

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    Sonny Liston was one of the most fearsome heavyweight fighters in history. The author ranks him alongside Ali as the two

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    Paul Gallender is angry. He is angry because of the appalling treatment he believes Sonny Liston has received at the hands of history and the media. “Sonny Liston – The Real Story Behind the Ali Liston Fights” is his immensely detailed and mostly enjoyable attempt to redress the balance, according to which, Liston was, among other thin

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    I feel this book will probably be overlooked and disregarded despite all the hard work that went into it, which is sadly poetic in that it mirrors the life and career of Sonny Liston. It is without exaggeration the best book on boxing i've ever read and the epilogue honestly left me teary eyed. Paul Gallender does an ex

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O do with what took place outside of the ring than in it The truth about their one round fight in Lewiston Maine will shock and dismay youWhen Sonny was forced to lie down against Ali in that fight his reputation legacy and ultimately his future went down with him A largely white sporting press despised and feared Liston and was only too happy to demean and forget him after the Ali bouts Because of the media's unrelenting negative attacks most of what the world knows about Sonny has little basis in fact Sonny's. I was about nine years old when Sonny Liston fought Muhammad Ali Cassius Clay as he was then for the first time Everybdy I knew seemed to think the result would be a foregone conclusion Apart from my DadThe author obviously a Liston fan gives a good account of why he thinks Sonny Liston lost why he lost the rematch is not so straight forward I ve formed my opinion you will have to form yours by reading the bookMy interest in Sonny Liston was sparked by the track Song for Sonny Liston on the CD Shangrila by Mark Knopfler worth buying for its own sake The book makes the case that Liston ought to have gone down in history as the most powerful world heavy weight champion bar none I agree

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Immense talent has been largely forgotten but it has never been eualed Half a century ago he was to boxing what Babe Ruth was to baseball and what Tiger Woods became to golf The legendary Joe Louis called Liston the greatest heavyweight champion in history Paul Gallender introduces you to a man who while not a saint had a sense of fairness and depth of character that was acknowledged for the most part only by family friends and children of every race Once you start reading this book you won't want to put it down. Paul Gallender is angry He is angry because of the appalling treatment he believes Sonny Liston has received at the hands of history and the media Sonny Liston The Real Story Behind the Ali Liston Fights is his immensely detailed and mostly enjoyable attempt to redress the balance according to which Liston was among other things a highly intelligent man who merely suffered from lack of education Here we may note that Liston spent time in prison as a young man after committing a series of muggings Unfortunately he chose to wear the same distinctive yellow shirt each time winning him the title of Yellow Shirt Bandit I m not sure this can plausibly be put down to a lack of education a loving caring husband to Geraldine who obviously adored him and a man who loved children A sensitive Gallender mostly spares the reader the trifling details of Liston s endless notorious infidelities and only briefly mentions that the Listons adopted a boy from Sweden a fact made all the extraordinary by the fact that he was almost certainly Sonny s illegitimate son if you don t think it extraordinary consider what your wife might have done under the same circumstances a charming witty conversationalist always smiling and joking in his private life The only reason he looked so grumpy in the ring was that once had his jaw broken when punched while laughing only on the most distant of terms with organised criminals though the reader cannot help but be impressed how many of the warm endorsements of Liston come from close business associates with names like Vinny Fingers or The Hat Frank Sinatra himself spoke very highly of Sonny if you know what I mean in possession of an enormous penisIn reality Liston was no saint He had a lifelong problem with drink drugs and bad company possibly right up to his last moments he was found dead with a needle in his arm and traces of heroin in his system rumour suggests that this had been caused by people on whose behalf he had been collecting debts Besides associating with racketeers and gangsters he was at times a violent criminal and a drug dealerBut we shouldn t be too hard on Gallender for writing mostly in whitewash rather than ink With a passion thoroughness bordering on obsession he compels the reader to admire a man whose roots are so obscure that no one knows when he was born or even how many siblings he had but rose to become heavyweight champion of the world at a time when there was only one such champion and it really meant something What s he makes clear Liston s tremendous resilience and patience in waiting so long for his chance to get that title mainly because previous champion Floyd Patterson refused to fight him The reason Patterson gave namely the extent of Liston s underworld connections was entirely bogus For one thing this argument was propagated not by Patterson himself but by his trainer manager Cus D Amato who eventually lost his own licence due to his own connections to organised crime Incidentally we still lack a proper biography of D Amato one of the most interesting complex people in all of sport never mind boxing a project Gallender could usefully consider And the real reason for Patterson s reluctance to fight was that he was terrified At any rate Gallender makes it clear that whatever the reality of his life outside boxing Liston was a magnificent physical specimen a tremendous fighter and when his time finally came truly a great championWhat s it is impossible not to feel sympathy for the way he lost the title Forced to uit during his first fight against Ali mainly because of a terrible shoulder injury though admittedly also because he was undertrained having underestimated Ali s speed power and chin Liston lost his chance at a fair rematch when Ali developed a hernia at just the wrong moment When the rematch finally happened Liston went down in the first round following a notorious phantom punch which no one saw Ali himself later told stories about the crucial punch being so fast that everyone blinked and missed it but while Liston was on the canvas Ali stood over his prone form a moment made immortal in Neil Leifer s photograph reportedly shouting Get up and fight sucker No one s going to believe this The true story of this event is maddeningly unavailable but Gallender s theory is that Liston s family were being held hostage until he hit the canvas and that both the Mafia and the Black Muslims were involved Whatever we think of this theory what is clear is that hardly anyone thinks it was on the level and remarks made by Sonny himself later in life seem to confirm as much Liston fought on but never regained the highest levels of the sport and never got another crack at the title before meeting his premature and undignified endWithout ever reaching the same heights as the greatest of boxing writing Gallender s book wins on thoroughness compassion Liston s reputation deserves a reappraisal and this is an excellent if sometimes one sided startAccording to my 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Sonny Liston The former heavyweight champ's name conjures up memories of invincibility power and awe but than anything else it suggests mystery Who was this intimidating man and what really caused his precipitous fall from the pinnacle of the sports worldPaul Gallender's revealing biography Sonny Liston The Real Story Behind the Ali Liston Fights sheds new light on Liston's tragic life and extraordinary career In meticulous detail the author shows why the outcomes of Sonny's two bouts with Muhammad Ali had far t. I always thought of Sonny Liston as the guy who didn t fight very well against Ali He was an afterthought for me After reading about his life and his two famous fights with Ali I have a much better understanding of what a great boxer and man he really was He was often involved with the law usually because he was being hounded by police He was a heavy drinker and much of his troubles were because he was drunk He loved children loved to laugh and could use his fists like no other Read and find out what really happened in the tiny arena in Lewiston Maine Fantastic read