Almost everyone who claims Liston threw that fight say he did so because he was afraid of the "black muslims" who were backing Ali. The question is why would Sonny Liston a man who not only had ties to the mafia but was an outright mob enforcer at points be afraid of a rinky dink cult like the Nation of Islam? The mafia had probably 100x whatever power the Nation of Islam had in the 60s when the mob was still at its height. I'm positive Liston could have had the appropriate mob muscle in place behind him to either protect him or exact revenge if the Nation really did try anything. Can anyone explain that reasoning then?