This Day In Sports History (July 22nd) — Sonny Liston
It was on this day in 1963 that Sonny Liston defended his World Heavyweight title against Floyd Patterson in a rematch from the previous year. The fight took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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 in their prediction, 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 knock out Patterson in the first round. The fight lasted just four seconds longer that the first one, with Patterson being counted out at 2:10 of the first round.
Here are highlights from the fight.
Dave Stieb, MLB – Born July 22ND 1957 (age 56) in Santa Ana, California
Tim Brown, NFL – Born July 22ND 1966 (age 47) in Dallas, Texas
Steven Jackson, NFL – Born July 22ND 1983 (age 30) in Las Vegas, Nevada