Re: 'Why I Took A Dive' by Sonny Liston
There were no other 'money fights out there. Nobody was willing to pay any decent money to see Sonny versus;
Sonny would have been 'lucky' to get a $200,000 fight purse versus the following list'
a) Eddie Machen
b) Floyd Patterson III
c) Cleveland Williams III
d) Ernie Terrell
e) Zora Folley
f) Robert Cleroux or George Chuvalo (Canadian Crop)
g) Doug Jones, Zora Folley or Billy Daniels
h) Willie Pastrano (Light-Heavyweight Champion)
i) Harold Johnson (35 year-old Light-Heavyweight)
j) European Heavyweights (Henry Cooper, Brian London or Karl Mildenberger)
k) Franco De Piccoli (The 1960 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medal winner, was 'upset' in 1963)
The 'only' money fight out there was with Ingemar 'Ingo' Johansson', and he had retired.
The 'smart play' for Sonny, who had outstanding debts to pay off, and reimburse those who covered
him for many years, was to lose in a 'controversial way' to the 'Loudmouth', then the public would want a rematch,
and then cash in on the rematch, before getting out of boxing.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 07-23-2012 at 07:40 PM.