Originally Posted by Senor Pepe'
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.
If Clay had lost in Lewiston, the Clay-Patterson fight wouldn't have been worth anything.