Really a hug fest

Watson, Emmett
September 1960
Sports Illustrated;09/19/1960, Vol. 13 Issue 12, p111
The article discusses the heavyweight fight between Number 1 ranked Sonny Liston and Number 2 Eddie Machen. For the author, the bout was unsatisfactory and laughable. It notes that the combination of skillful runs, dodges, and grabs, Machen managed to avoid Liston's knockout punch and stay standing the entire 12 rounds. Aside from the dodges and hugs, Machen reportedly taunted Liston for the majority of the fight and continued the act well up to the time the winner was announced. Liston won the fight via unanimous decision.


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