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Was The Fix In? Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston Miami 1964

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) flies around the ring after beating Sonny Liston in the seventh round of the World Heavyweight Title bout in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. It was during these scenes that Clay claimed, “I am the Greatest” and “I shook up the World”. (Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive)

 

It is one of the most iconic moments in boxing history when Cassius Clay, now know as Muhammad Ali, beat Sonny Liston. Liston refused to come out for the eighth round, giving Clay the victory.

But was the ‘fix’ in?

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Documents released to The Washington Times under a Freedom of Information Act request revealed the FBI suspected the fight may have been fixed. There is 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.

Do you think it was or could have been fixed?

 

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