Re: 'Why I Took A Dive' by Sonny Liston
I've heard Sonny Liston was a degenerate gambler.
He spent half his reign as champion in the casinos. I suspect he worked his way through the gratis chips pretty quick and then ran up a tab.
The ones with gambling habits are the athletes most likely to become involved in a fix in their own contests. Esp. when its mob guys they are owing to.