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Skip to comments.FBI suspected iconic 1964 Ali-Liston fight was rigged by mob
Posted on 02/24/2014 9:02:51 PM PST by BenLurkin
Sports Illustrated named it the fourth-greatest sports moment of the 20th century. The fight also is the foundation of the Muhammad Ali story: the three-year heavyweight championship reign of dominance, followed by his three-year exile as he fought the Vietnam War draft. The Ali-Joe Frazier fights, the upset over George Foreman in Zaire, the reconstruction of Ali from a pariah to a national treasure. All of it begins with a brash Clay shocking the world.
Maybe it wasnt such a shock, as 4-decade-old documents released to The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act show the FBI suspected the fight may have been fixed by a Las Vegas figure tied to organized crime and to Liston.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
One of my favorite Jim Rome interviews was when he had Don King on the radio show and asked if Don had ties to the Mob.
So Cassius Clay wasn’t “the greatest” after all? Who’d’ve thunk it?
He was the Greatest Draft Dodger of all time — until Bill Clinton was elected.
Of course it was rigged. Just another stepping stone for Lyndon on his way to progressive greatness...
yawn not news
Of course, it was rigged. The joke at the time was “I paid a hundred bucks to see the Ali/Listion fight and Liston sat down before I did.”
Guess that’s why I posted it in chat.
No direct evidence that Listen did take the dive. I suspect the LV Mafia alway wanted to rig the big fights. It’s easy money if they do.
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