Floyd Patterson 'The Clay - Liston Rematch, Was A Hoax'
November 23, 1965
After just going 12 Rounds with Cassius Clay in Las Vegas, and nursing
a 'bad back', the former two-time Heavyweight Champion and now #1
Heavyweight reflected on the Cassius Clay - Sonny Liston rematch in
'There is no way, that Cassius could have knocked Sonny out with that
one-punch. Cassius just doesn't punch that hard. I took his best punches
full force, and with a bad back. They did sting, but they didn't hurt.'
'Not once, was I hurt from the force of a single-punch. Eleven and half
rounds, and I never was dazed or staggered. For Sonny to fall from that
single-punch, it had to a 'hoax', a trick that was played upon the public.'