The FBI Believed Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston I Fight Was Fixed

(AllHipHop  News) Fifty years ago after the man that would soon become Muhammed Ali “shocked the world” by winning the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston with a seventh round TKO. On its fiftieth anniversary, declassified documents reveal that the FBI had supported suspicion that the fight was fixed.

According to documents released to The Washington Times, the FBI launched an investigation into the allegation of Las Vegas gambler Ash Resnick fixing the first between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston. The FBI alleges Resnick had connections to the mafia and mobsters such as Meyer Lansky.

The FBI’s most intriguing piece of evidence is a memo of a Houston gambler named Barnett Magids describing two phone conversation he had with Resnick days before the fight. Days before the fight, Resnick informed Magids he believed Liston would knock out Ali in the second round, but cautioned Magids to “wait until just before the fight to place any bets because the odds may come down” according to the FBI memo. Resnick’s advice turned prophetic on the day of the fight:

At about noon on the day of the fight, [Magids] reached Resnick again by phone, and at this time, Resnick said for him to not make any bets, but just go watch the fight on pay TV and he would know why and that he could not talk further at that time.

The memo states that Resnick introduced Magids to Liston at the Thunderbird, a Las Vegas hotel believed to be controlled by organized crime groups in the 60s. The memo alleges that Resnick and Liston made $1 million each from Liston losing and Ali had no knowledge of, or involvement in the fix.

Resnick died in 1989 at the age of 72 from heart failure after suffering from cancer for years. Liston was found dead at home by his wife on January 5th, 1971 from a reported heroin overdose.

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  • SSSS

    I dont believe it …..Stack$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$..seems to be trying to discredit Ali..

  • ZUBU

    This has been rumored for years, many claim there was a phanthom punch that dropped Liston. I’ve seen replays of the punch and it does not appear to be a punch strong enough to drop Liston who was a bear of a man. Nobody was as feared as
    Liston in the ring during that era. In fact it was not until George Foreman, and much later Mike Tyson that anyone instilled the fear that Liston did.
    Heck all the people who know the truth are dead, much like the JFK shooting.

    • Nah, freeze frame it!

      He caught Liston coming it, Ali “pulled” ( Back foot steps back) & fired on the miss.

      Not a hard thrown punch, but the form was correct, as well as the weight shift, ad in Liston coming in & it was a bone jarring impact, like hitting a wall, because of the form.

      Liston knew he couldn’t beat Ali, so it was the perfect shot to take a dive on…if he was going to take one.

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      • DJ7

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      • ZUBU

        Whatup my brotha!
        I feel you bro, I’m gonna have to google a clip of it and study it a bit more detailed. What you say does make sense If Liston’s momentum was leading him into the punch it may not take as much to drop him.

      • If Liston took a dive, it felt like the right time to him!

      • ZUBU

        I just watched the replay about 5 times in slow motion on youtube. I see what you saying Ali did pull back and launch a straight overhand right, and Liston was coming forward and possibly slightly off balance. Ali caught him pretty clean so it is very possible. One of my uncles use to box a bit as a young man, and he use to always tell me you can drop anyone if you can connect with that sweet spot generally on the tip of the chin. Yet I’ve seen boxers drop people with temple shots, etc.

      • The dive was possible, but it was a legit punch.

        Mayweather does it all the time.

      • EniggaMA

        But Ali even told him to get up people are not gonna believe it. He knew the Punch Want Strong enough

      • Maybe he was just talking ‘chet, maybe it was fixed, but Ali was going to outbox him again anyway!

        Mayweather “PULLS” and counters often, and while Ali wasn’t a 1 punch ko boxer, he had power from his technique, and many early ko’s.

        It was a real punch though, that shook Liston.
        It hit Liston on the left jaw & it shook his right short ribs.
        (The two that aren’t attached.)

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  • iamwhoiam

    Of course it was fixed. Ali still would have won!

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  • richard_b_hard

    The FBI believes it so it must be true LMAO

  • Jayson C Williams

    Bullshit. Boxing is fixed period. Prize fighters pick fighters with contrasting styles on purpose. They think they should win but is always a better fight when they lose. The sport is fixed, I’m sorry that’s my opinion. So to single out Ali is further evidence to tarnish his rep. But nobody talks about joe Louis lose to rocky Marciano? Ok..

  • Black Jay

    If you’re stupid enough to believe anything that the FBI says, lend me a million dollars….. I’ll pay you back tomorrow.