Sonny Liston vs. Nino Valdes 'The Chicago Test'
August 5, 1959
Wednesday Night - Chicago Stadium
The 'mobster backers' of Charles 'Sonny' Liston were not totally convinced
if their Heavyweight was 'the goods', despite his 3rd Round destruction
over Cleveland Willams in May 1959 in Miami Beach.
The Chicago Boys wanted to see Sonny Liston perform, up close.
The 6' 1" - 211 'muscle-bound' Sonny, now the #3 Heavyweight with a
record of 24-1-0 (15 KO's) appeared ready to make the move. But, questions
about Sonny's past and age (32 years-old) started to circulate.
Some had questioned Sonny's skills and heart, and others said there was
a 'little dog' in him, after witnessing several sparring sessions.
'The Chicago Test' was former Top-ranked Heavyweight Contender,
34 1/2 year-old - Cuban, Nino Valdes. The 6' 3" - 211 lb. Nino, with a record
of 47-17-3 (35 KO's) was faded, but still considered a dangerous heavyweight,
and one not to be taken lightly.
Since losing to Zora Folley in May 1956, Nino had gone 13-3-0 (9 KO's)
over the past 3-years, and was still a Top 20 Heavyweight. In 1958 alone,
Nino had scored wins over Mike DeJohn (twice), Johnny Summerlin, Harold Carter,
Pat McMurty and Wayne Bethea.
But, 'upset losses' in 1959, to Charlie Powell and Alonzo Johnson, dropped Nino from the
#7 Heavyweight to #18.
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