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Old 11-16-2012, 09:29 AM   #8
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Default Re: Sonny Liston - Had To Lose In Lewiston, Maine

Originally Posted by Senor Pepe' View Post
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.
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