This day in boxing history, June 29

Posted: June 29, 2018 in Boxing
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International Boxing Hall of Fame member and former Heavyweight Champion of the World Sonny Liston fought for the final time, stopping Chuck Wepner after nine rounds on June 29th, 1970 at the Armory in Jersey City, New Jersey. The 40 year old Liston scored a knockdown in round five after a body shot, and cut Wepner over both eyes, resulting in the fight being stopped. The 31 year old Wepner also suffered a broken nose and fractured cheekbone, as well as needing 72 stitches to close the cuts. Liston, who was found dead in his home six months later, finished with a record of 50-4, 39 KO’s. Wepner went on to fight eight more years, including against Muhammad Ali, which inspired the ‘Rocky’ saga.

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