Originally Posted by Senor Pepe'
Friday Night - August 19, 1966
Ullevi Stadium - Gothenburg, Sweden
Promoters; Ingemar Johansson and Bertil Knudsen
Former Heavyweight Champion - Sonny Liston battered 'Atom Amos' Johnson
to the canvas three times, enroute to a Knockout in Round 3, ending the Ohio Heavyweight's charge
towards a Heavyweight Championship versus Cassisus Clay.
The veteran Heavyweight has now lost '2' straight bouts, and will see his record
drop to 23-5-2, and will most likely fall out of the Top 10 rankings.
Johnson, who defeated Cassius Clay in April 1959, was hoping for a chance to
defeat Clay again, as he was promised 'three times' by the young Champion to
engage in a Championship fight.
Johnson at 200 lbs. who was out-weighed by 18 lbs., boxed fairly well in the 1st-Round,
over the plodding 218 lb. former Champion.
But in Round 2, 'Atom Amos' was first cut over the left aye, and then floored by a Liston right cross.
Sonny Liston followed that up with a barrage of lefts and rights, flooring the Ohio Heavyweight
In Round 3, Liston did not let 'Atom Amos' escape, and dropped him again with a right cross and
vicious left hook, where the bout was stopped by the Referee, Bengt Almqvist.
'Atom Amos' Johnson, 'I had to take this bout against my wishes. Cassius Clay
said he would give me a Title Fight, only after I fought Sonny. I couldn't turn
down the $20,000 fight purse, as it was the largest I have ever received.'
'Atom Amos' Johnson, 'Nobody else would fight Sonny, and I wasn't afraid. No
matter what they say about Liston, they can't see he has lost his power. His
left hand felt like an anvil. I don't know how he lost to Clay. Something wasn't
right in his bouts with Clay, that I can guarantee.'
Sonny Liston, 'I want Clay. We have invited him to come to Sweden while he's been
fighting in the United Kingdom. We can now have a real fight without any shenanigans.'
Sonny Liston......($50,000 U.S. Dollars)
Amos Johnson....($20,000 U.S. Dollars)