Sonny Liston
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"Charles L. "Sonny" Liston" was an Americans/American professional Boxing/boxer known for his toughness, punching power and intimidating appearance. He became List of Heavyweight Champions/World Heavyweight Champion in 1962 by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round. Liston failed to live up to his fearsome reputation when he lost the title in 1964 to 7-1 underdog Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay). Underworld connections and an early death—along with his unrecorded date of birth—added to the enigma. The Ring (magazine)/The Ring magazine ranked Liston as the 7th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1998 and the 15th greatest puncher of all-time in 2003.

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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?"

Come over here and sit on my knee and finish your orange juice.

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.

How would you like to find out how good my right is?

The only thing my old man ever gave me was a beating.

In the films the good guy always wins, but this is one bad guy who ain't gonna lose.