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This Day In Sports History (July 22nd) – Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston entered the first fight against Patterson as a heavy betting line favorite. However, Sports Illustrated along with former heavyweight champions James Braddock, Ezzard Charles, Rocky Marciano and “Jersey” Joe Walcott all predicted that Floyd Patterson would come out victorious. They were all way off as Liston used his power to dominate Patterson, knocking him out just 2:06 into the first round.
The rematch was a carbon copy of the first fight as Sonny Liston used his huge weight and reach advantage to once again knockout Patterson in the first round. The fight lasted just four seconds longer that the first one as Patterson was counted out at 2:10 of the first round.
Here are highlights from the fight.
Dave Stieb, MLB – Born July 22ND 1957 (age 54) in Santa Ana, California
Tim Brown, NFL – Born July 22ND 1966 (age 45) in Dallas, Texas
Steven Jackson, NFL – Born July 22ND 1983 (age 28) in Las Vegas, Nevada