Re: Sonny Liston - Had To Lose In Lewiston, Maine
Sonny was going down, and quick.
He tried to make it look as good as he possibly could, which was typically 'bad'.
It is unsure whether Cassius Clay knew the complete fix was in on Sonny's side,
but he could not have been completely in the dark on this one.
Simply put, Robert Nilon (before the bout) was pouring a bunch of money to Sonny
to keep him going, because most of the money regarding the first Liston vs. Clay bout
was tied up with the IRS, and other funds with Bill McDonald had not been delivered.
Father John Murphy out in Denver, confirmed that Sonny not only borrowed alot of
money from friends, he was out of 'dough', because he went through money like running water.
Jack Nilon, in August 1964, gave up being Sonny's manager, because he was going
broke supporting him.
The only way the Nilon Brothers and I-C-P could recoup their money, was to promote
a big fight. The Clay vs. Liston II bout would get them a decent profit, after spending a
'ton' on Sonny for the past 3 years.
But, their big windfall would come on the Clay vs. Patterson bout in Las Vegas.