Among those men who once held the world heavyweight championship, Sonny Liston was arguably the most-feared, most-reviled, and perhaps most-misunderstood.

Author Paul Gallender has written two sensational biographies that separate myth from truth in the life and career of Liston, who obliterated everybody in his path until he encountered a 22-year-old future superstar named Cassius Clay.

The controversy surrounding the fight in which Clay took the title from Liston, and the even strangerrematch, are only one aspect of the mercurial and ultimately tragic story of a fighter that many historians still rank among the top five heavyweights of all time.
This is a fascinating conversation with a writer who spent nearly four decades researching the complicated life of Sonny Liston.

This special edition of our show also includes a report on the UK boxing scene from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, and a preview of this Sunday’s regular edition of The Ringside Boxing, during which we will unpack the week in boxing with our expert analysts, and interview Johnathon Banks, trainer of former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

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Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” which is currently on Amazon’s Bestsellers list.
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