Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life And Death Of A Champion

Sonny Liston can be described as a tragic figure, someone who reached for the sky above from the mud below but couldn’t really handle it once he got there. Having literally been run out of three cities by the police, he brought a true aura of destruction and menace into the gym and into the ring.

Although never really seeming to be interested in bettering himself, Liston appeared to be content with his roots in the street and this lifestyle carried over into his boxing career with rumours of fight fixing and other such shady dealings.

Originally aired in 1995, this film tells the story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organised crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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