This Day in Boxing July 22, 1963 Liston KOs Patterson
Sonny Liston retains the crown with 1 one round KO – And Muhammad Ali is there
Sonny Liston 215 lbs beat Floyd Patterson 194½ lbs by KO at 2:10 in round 1 of 15
Location: Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Referee: Harold Krause
World Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Liston)
The contract for the first Liston-Patterson fight stated that Patterson, if he should lose, had the right to a rematch within a year. It also dictated that Patterson and Liston would each get 30% of the gate and 20% of the closed circuit revenue.
The fight was originally set for April 4, 1963, in Miami Beach, Florida, but was changed to April 10 when Liston injured his left knee. The match was then moved to June 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, because of a recurrence of the knee injury. The bout was postponed yet again and rescheduled for July 22 after Patterson had to have a benign tumor removed from between his fourth and fifth knuckles on his right hand.
The fight was shown on closed circuit TV in 143 locations in 109 cities.
Liston was a 4-1 favorite.
In a UPI poll of 64 sports writers, 51 picked Liston to win and 13 picked Patterson.
A crowd of 7,816 at the Las Vegas Convention Center produced a gross gate of $286,190.
Shortly before the fight started, a ringside vendor yelled, “Last round, folks.”
Patterson was floored three times and counted out at 2:10 of the first round. The rematch lasted four seconds longer than the first fight.
On August 21, 1963, the WBA voted to suspend any member state approving a contract with a return bout clause. The regulation was inspired by the contract Liston was forced to sign to get a title shot against Patterson. Delegates described it as the worst ever seen in the boxing business.