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FBI documents released last week about the infamous 1965 title fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston tell only part of the story about the bout and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’s ongoing obsession with its participants. As part of an ongoing release of material about Ali, the documents show that Hoover was desperate to […]

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On January 5, 1971, Sonny Liston, the former heavyweight champion of the world, was found dead in his home in Las Vegas. In this excerpt from his new book, The Murder of Sonny Liston, ESPN senior writer Shaun Assael recounts the final hectic days of Liston’s life, and the controversial police investigation into his death […]

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When the heavyweight champion Sonny Liston is mentioned these days, it’s usually in relief, either as the supremely selfish figure who sat out the civil rights era, or the fall guy in the most iconic sports image of the 20th century — the one where Muhammad Ali stands over his supine frame, growling at him […]

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More than a decade after Sonny Liston’s 1970 death from what a coroner called natural causes—and police suspected was an accidental OD of heroin—bookies, mobsters and cops in Vegas still whispered about whether the former heavyweight champ had died at the hands of someone else. In this excerpt from his upcoming book, The Murder of […]

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