Re: Sonny Liston - Had To Lose In Lewiston, Maine
Technically, Sonny Liston was never given a '10-Count' by the Referee Jersey Joe Walcott.
The fight was called 'Over' by Ring Magazine Editor, Nat Fleischer, who had no authority
under the State Boxing Commission of Maine.
Jersey Joe Walcott walked over to a screaming Fleischer, who told Mr. Walcott that
Sonny Liston was on the canvas for more the '10-Seconds'.
Jersey Joe then stopped the bout.
It was an improper ruling, because Mr. Walcott never conferred with the 'Official' Knockdown
Time-Keeper, Mr. Francis McDonough.
The bout could have been ruled a 'No Contest', which was discussed after the fight, but
I-C-P President Robert Nilon said,
'No way in hell with there ever be a third fight between these two, never. Not with me
as President of I-C-P.'