What reason would be sufficient for a group in possession of the heavyweight title ,relinquishing that possession voluntarily?
With Liston out of the picture after Lewiston the mob were effectively out of the picture and ,out of control of the title too.
Where was the incentive to sell the richest prize in sports ?
Someone explain it to me.
It's been explained over and over.
You clearly haven't been reading Pepe's threads.
You are criticizing without having even grasped the basic theory.
The "richest prize in sports" was getting very stale when Liston defeated Patterson twice. The press were openly writing that there were no big paydays out there for Sonny. Or a very limited supply. He'd defeated just about everyone and all the others would have been considered mismatches. He was not popular, and he was unlicensed to box in many major fight centres.
Liston's promoters brought champion Clay v ex-champion Patterson to Las Vegas, post-Lewiston. They must have made a lot of money, and if mob-connected they must have profitted from Vegas casino fight weekend revenue.