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NEW YORK: Was the great fight between Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay then) and the reigning heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in Feb 1964 fixed?
The FBI documents hint at it.
The Washington Times have got these documents that suspect that the fight on Feb 25, 1964, was fixed.
This victory was the beginning of the Muhammad Ali saga in world boxing. After Liston quit after the seventh round, Ali yelled the famous lines, “I’m king of the world! I’m king of the world!”
The Washington Times says the document received by it under the Freedom of Information Act hint “that the Ali-Liston fight may have been fixed by a Las Vegas figure tied to organized crime and to Liston. The documents show no evidence that Ali was in on the scheme or even knew about it. And nothing suggests the bureau ever fully corroborated the suspicions it investigated.’’
The memos, which were addressed directly to the then FBI director J Edgar Hoover because of their sensitivity, show that the FBI suspected Ash Resnick, a Las Vegas gambler with organized crime connections, of fixing multiple boxing matches, including the first Ali-Liston fight, the Washington Times reports.
One memo dated dated May 24, 1966, details a Houston gambler named Barnett Magids telling FBI agents about his discussions with gambler Resnick before the first Ali-Liston fight.
Ali refused to comment, according to the Washington Times.
Sports Illustrated had listed that fight as the fourth-greatest sports moment of the 20th century.