Ving Rhames will play infamous heavyweight fighter Sonny Liston in the independently-financed biopic “Phantom Punch” which Robert Townsend will direct says The Hollywood Reporter.
“Phantom” will chronicle Liston’s rise to fame as a boxer and the single “phantom punch” he took at the hands of Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) that many believe led to the demise of his career.
Prone to violence, he at one point served prison time for robbing a gas station and another for beating up a police officer. He turned to fighting as a way to gain respect and became world heavyweight champion in 1962.
Ryan Combs wrote the script and production began Monday in Toronto – with filming scheduled to finish early December.