Originally Posted by Unforgiven
What was the point of the fight in Lewiston, Maine anyway ?
Did it make any money with the theatre TV ?
Just about every one of Sonny Liston's title fights was a farce. 3/4 of them anyway.
The first fight with Patterson was necessary.
Liston's next 3 outings were cynical or comical insults to the intelligence of boxing fans (most of whom may not have had much intelligence, granted).
The May 25, 1965 bout was a 'done deal' with the closed circuit theatre
operators, with $3,500,000 in signed contacts. It had to go through, or
law suits galore would have taken place.
The Clay-Liston II bout did approximately $4,200,000 in gross receipts.
I-C-P and the Las Vegas wheels had already pre-negotiated a Clay vs.
Patterson bout for late-1965.
That fight was the 'only' real big money fight out there.