Sport: Two Minutes of Nothing

In the visitors' dressing room deep beneath the stands at Chicago's Comiskey Park, Charles Sonny Liston, 28, sat swaddled in towels and a white terry-cloth bathrobe. He stared at the green cinder-block walls for a moment, then turned his baleful, red-flecked brown eyes on Jack Nilon, his "investment adviser." "It's cold outside," grunted Sonny. "I'm gonna make it quick."

Only two heavyweight championship fights in boxing history have ended quicker.* And none has seemed more of a mismatch. It took Liston just 2 min. 6 sec. of the first round to club Floyd Patterson...

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