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Liston Applies for Boxing License to Fight in New York State

Apr. 17, 1962 - Sonny Liston, the Philadelphia heavyweight who wants Floyd Patterson’s world title, was all business and a little angry today when he applied for a license at the offices of the New York State Athletic Commission on West 47th Street. After undergoing a processing that required almost three hours, Liston took time out during his medical examination to criticize what he called Patterson’s delaying tactics in agreeing to a date for the fight. Remarked Liston about Floyd: “If a man’s going to the electric chair, he likes to put it off as long as he can.” Regarding the fight itself, Liston said he was confident he could knock Patterson out.


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