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Old 03-14-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
BillB
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Default Re: which era had the highest ratio of crooked top level fights?

I don't know which era was the worst.

Mobsters Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo controlled most of the welter and middleweight fights during the '40s and '50s. Kid Gavalan fought a number of fixed fights under Carbo. Carbo also owned Liston for a while.

I don't think Marciano and Patterson fought fixed fights. Marciano said he was offered more money than he had ever seen before to throw the ****ell fight and turned it down. I believe him.

I think the Liston-Clay fights were fixed- I'm certain the second one was.

I believe Ali fought several other fixed fights. I don't think his opponents threw the fights, but I think the judges and ref were in the tank.

Worst era- Who knows. Maybe they were all the same including now.
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