Originally Posted by HOUDINI
By all accounts Sonny was in the shape of his life prior to the fight being postponed. Got into that great of shape knowing he was going in the tank? Listons wife stated she knew nothing of any fix and if Sonny made a ton of money off a dive she never saw it. Cus Damato was at ringside for the fight and stated that Liston was cleanly koed by a punch he did not see coming. Ali beat Liston easily in fight 1. No need to fix a second fight. Liston was that much older and Ali was that much better. Classic example of an up in coming all time great outfighting a very much aging champion.
Joe Louis, Gene Tunney, Floyd Patterson and George Chuvalo were all at ringside and said it was definitely a dive.
I agree with their analyses.