Before we begin our discussion about whether Sonny Liston was a heroin addict or not, or whether he died of a drug- induced speed ball injection or not, we need to first pause for a moment in order to put this ongoing debate into its proper perspective. I don’t want this debate to keep us from focusing on the real problem; the problem of addiction in America. ―Addiction continues to be one of society‘s most complex and prevalent problems. Millions of Americans abuse alcohol, drugs and nicotine every year. No culture is exempt from substance abuse—it is an equal opportunity disease that crosses all cultures. Over the past several decades, researchers have come up with many theories on the origins of addiction. But regardless of whether the origin is genetic, neurochemical, psychosocial or political, the devastation that substance abuse spawns is part of our historical and present reality.  ―Today, substance abuse disorders continue to proliferate in alarming numbers, especially in the African-American community. African Americans comprise approximately 12% of the population in the United States, yet in 1999 they accounted for 23% of admissions to publically funded substance abuse treatment facilities. Consequently, there is a great need for more culturally sensitive and efficacious treatment targeted to the special needs of this minority population.

Where is the evidence that Sonny Liston did not die of natural causes and was a heroin user? Why doesn’t anyone believe that my grandmother Geraldine was telling the truth about Sonny’s alleged fear of needles since childhood? But there was a question that if Sonny was afraid of needles why did he have old needle marks on his arms at the time of his death. Well let us not forget that Sonny may have disliked needles as we all do but he could not have gotten around the fact that he would sometimes need to get shots in order to keep him healthy when he fought abroad. I’m sure that the athletic commission had him qualify medically in order to travel to Europe and to other parts of the world. For example, he might have had to get vaccine shots to avoid typhoid fever. When was his last check- up before he died? Now this was also a very strange question to ask someone who knew nothing about the world of drugs and drug users. So from the onset there was this assumption that Geraldine Liston knew that Sonny used heroin. Or that she somehow condoned that type of lifestyle. Maybe she helped him strap his belt around those massive biceps of his, so that he could bring a vein to the surface. Or maybe she held the needle for him because his hands were so large he could not possibly have held such a tiny object on his own. Or she could have kept a look-out for the cops while he prepared the syringe. These types of questions and accusations showed a lack of respect for not only my grandmother but also for the Black community as a whole.

There was a time in this country when you could still say and do anything you wanted to Black people and never have to suffer the consequences. ―Although African-Americans have made tremendous social and economic advances during the past several decades, the tradition of Black Americans being viewed as a racial group, rather than a cultural group, continues to adversely affect their psychological well-being. Until recently, white male populations have dominated studies of substance abuse, with little focus on gender, ethnicity and etiologic variations. These cultural biases and the emphasis on majority American values and lifestyles may contribute to the presence of substance abuse behaviors in the African-American community. -Excerpt from “Beast The Deconstruction of Charles “Sonny”Liston”

ANCHOR PUNCH vs PHANTOM PUNCH AT 14:01- Also later in the video, for the first time, the other camera angle, where you can see and hear the “Anchor Punch” land on Sonny’s left side of his head. The Media at the time sensationalized the “Phantom Punch”the camera angle where you don’t see Ali’s punch land on the left side of Sonny’s head. Forcing people to overlook Howard Cosell and his Wide World of Sports Presentation of the facts.

Mr. Ali perfectly timed the overhand right. From this overlooked and extremely underrated camera angle, you can see that Mr. Ali was able to put his full body weight into the punch. The overrated Phantom Punch, from the other camera angle does not show how Mr. Ali was able to use his body to leverage the Anchor Punch unhindered. A punch does not start and end with the fist, but starts from the ground. The body of a fighter that begins to throw a punch,is like the Handle,Thong and Fall of a whip, and the fist, when making contact with its target,acts like a whips Popper. Remember that this fight ocurred before the famed Bruce Lee could marval the world with his ” One inch punch.” It was not the punch that brought Sonny to the canvas, but the “sweet science.” Mr. Ali was ahead of his time.” TWO MOVING OBJECTS, BOTH POSSESSING MOMENTUM BY VIRTUE OF THEIR MASS AND VELOCITY, COLLIDE WITH ONE ANOTHER. WITHIN THE SYSTEM CREATED BY THEIR COLLISION, THERE IS TOTAL MOMENTUM MV THAT IS EQUAL TO THEIR COMBINED MASS AND THE VECTOR SUM OF THEIR VELOCITY.”-science