Originally Posted by lufcrazy
It doesn't prove beyond reasonable doubt that the fight was a fix.
All you have is that you don't think the punch would have floored him legitimately. Well unless you can prove the fix you have to accept the truth.
Forget about the punch, as it is really irrelevant. Sonny 'had to lose'.
If you follow I-C-P (Inter-Continental-Promotions) you can understand
why Sonny had to lose. Money.
Robert Nilon, was the 'money man' who called the shots. When Robert
went out to Las Vegas in August 1964 to set up the rematch, he was
told I-C-P could promote there, but not with Sonny. As Liston had way too
They tried to unload the fight to every major city, and everbody turned
them down, except for Boston, who eventually unloaded it anyway.
If Sonny defeated Cassius Clay in May 1965, I-C-P would have went
under, because they could not promote Liston anywhere, because every boxing
commission had yanked his boxing license.
I-C-P owned an option on Cassius Clay's next defense, where everybody
knew a Clay vs. Patterson bout in Las Vegas would do $5,000,000 in gross
receipts, netting I-C-P a big percentage.
If Sonny had won, they would have been stuck with nothing. Even the
Danish Boxing Commission would not accept Sonny Liston.
In turn, Sonny loses, and makes money as an officer with I-C-P in the
promotion of the Clay vs. Patterson bout in November 1965.
Kirk Kerkorian, a 'big wheel' in Las Vegas Business scene gives Sonny Liston a house in
Las Vegas off the 15th Fairway of the Stardust Country Club in February 1966, as part
of his buy-out.
And everybody is happy.