Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/6/15
Tuesday marked 50 years since Cassius Clay, also known as Muhammad Ali, “shocked the world” and beat one of the greatest fighters to ever step in the boxing ring — Sonny Liston. The fight catapulted the young Clay to the top of the boxing world, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation thought the win might have involved something more seedy beyond the box score. Clay and Liston sparred seven rounds at the Miami Convention Center, and Liston’s decision to quit before the eighth raised some red flags for the FBI, which at the time suspected the fights had been fixed by a Las Vegas gambler, according to the Washington Times. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Times obtained memos, some addressed directly to the FBI’s then-director J. Edgar Hoover, showing the bureau’s investigation of two gamblers who seemed to have insider knowledge before the upset. Ash Resnick, who had connections to Liston and to organized crime, first advised Barnett Magids that Liston would knock Clay out in the second round. Then, on the day of the fight, documents show Resnick told Magids not to make any bets on the fight but to “just go watch the fight on pay TV and he would know why and that he could not talk further at that time. “Magids did go see the fight on TV and immediately realized that Resnick knew that Liston was going to lose,” the document states. “A week later, there was an article in Sports Illustrated writing up Resnick as a big loser because of his backing of Liston. Later people ‘in the know’ in Las Vegas told Magids that Resnick and Liston both reportedly made over $1 million betting against Liston on the fight and that the magazine article was a cover for this.” It’s not confirmed that Liston took a dive, but it was enough for the FBI to continue to assert the suspicions internally that Resnick had fixed the fight. No evidence was found to show that Clay was in on the scheme or even knew about it, and no evidence ever fully corroborated the bureau’s suspicions. Photo via Twitter/@walsha Photo of the day Fits like a glove. Jimmy Fallon tried on Shaquille O'Neal's suit jacket last night. http://t.co/idHXqGZ5ze— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) February 26, 2014 Tweet of the day I see what you did there. A handbag-throwing joke FROM A MAN WHO PAYS ANOTHER MAN TO LIFT HIS GOLF BAG.— Jeff MacGregor (@MacGregorESPN) February 25, 2014 Video of the day Oh, Ricky Rubio, there you are. Filed under: Alison Smith, Boxing, Daily Blend, Top Stories
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