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Old 11-19-2012, 05:02 AM   #85
SolomonDeedes
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Default Re: Sonny Liston - Had To Lose In Lewiston, Maine

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Originally Posted by Senor Pepe' View Post
Mr.. Houdini,

Fact,,,,, on Thursday - May 6, 1965

Suffolk County District Attorney Garrett H. Byrne, has no problem getting a judge to
sign an injucntion on the fight, to be held at the Boston Garden on May 25th.

The bout is done for Boston.

Why, if everything was on the up and up, why would the DA put a knife in the
promotion.

Go ahead,,,,,,,,spin it.
There's no mystery about that. The judge granted an injunction because Inter-Continental Promotions weren't licenced to promote fights in Massachusetts. They tried to use the local promoter Sam Silverman as a front man but it didn't wash - any more than their attempt to work around the WBA's ban on rematch clauses in the first bout.

Of course, it may well be that the authorities would have turned a blind eye if it had not been for Liston's criminal past and connections, and Ali's membership of the Nation of Islam. But the verdict was a straightforward matter of legality, not an opinion on the likely outcome of the fight.
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