During Alis (as Cassius Clay) first fight with Sonny Liston how do you view the incident during the match when Ali was blinded by chemicals that were put on Sonny Listons gloves in between rounds? Often I think about what would have happened if the burning would have been so bad that the fight had to be stopped. What if the referee called for a Doctor and looked into Alis eyes today and saw them be red and said nope he cant continue we need to stop the fight? Its amazing that Ali was blinded like that, but was able to somehow avoid punches until the chemicals were out of his eyes. Had Liston been able to connect again, with the chemicals still on his gloves, it could have caused more chemicals to get in the eye and caused Ali even more distress! Are there any experts on the subject? Did we know if Sonny Liston knew what was put on the gloves or was it a rogue cornerman that did so on his own. This might be one of the craziest things to happen inside a boxing ring, especially one of that magnitude. Id like to know more about this story and if Liston and his camp were punished. More importantly, given how suspect the 2nd fight was in Lewiston Maine, just the fact that it was in Lewiston Maine to begin with, did this incident play a role in what happened in the 2nd fight. (Liston staying down and being rumored to stay down when he could have gotten up) It just seemed to me like this incident played a huge role in the outcomes of both the fights and the trajectory of Listons career from that point on. I guess Im trying to understand what really happened, and if Liston himself had anything to do with the chemicals being put on during the match. I know there were many documentaries on Ali - Liston but did any of them really figure out all the details of the chemicals incident in the first fight?