News

FBI papers accuse mafia of fixing historic Ali fight

FBI papers accuse mafia of fixing historic Ali fight

HISTORIC FIGHT: In this Feb. 25, 1964 file photo, Cassius Clay, left, who later became Muhammad Ali, fights Sonny Liston during their heavyweight title match in Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Associated Press

Newly-released documents reveal investigators from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) suspected Mafia bosses of fixing Muhammad Ali’s historic fight with Sonny Liston.

Ali stunned the boxing world in 1964 when he defeated Liston as a rank outsider, snatching the World Heavyweight title.

Liston had thrown in the towel before the start of the seventh round, but now documents released in the U.S. suggest the fighter, who died in 1970, made more than $1 million by betting against himself in the bout.

It was alleged known Mafia-affiliated mobsters in Las Vegas, where the fight was staged, teamed up with Liston to bet on Ali, and that a subsequent magazine article detailing huge gambling losses for the Mob was a “cover-up” to hide the fix.

Latest Headlines

in Sports, Viral Videos

Porcupine predicts Super Bowl winner

Fresh
24-overlay2

He's been right the last three years. Can Teddy Bear the porcupine go four-for-four?

in Entertainment

Lee Daniels wants Denzel on ‘Empire’

Fresh
denzel

The Hollywood moviemaker wants the Oscar winner to join the cast for a cameo appearance.

in Lifestyle

Public health officials blast e-cigarettes

Fresh
ecigs

Critics say e-cigarettes are addictive, lead to nicotine poisoning among children, and threaten to unravel the reduction of tobacco use.

in Music

Fall Out Boy on top of Billboard album chart

Fresh
falloutboy

The rockers topped the weekly album chart for the third time, holding off Taylor Swift's mega-selling "1989."

in Entertainment

‘Downton Abbey’ ending after 6 seasons

Fresh
downton

The period drama, which was first broadcast in 2010, will reportedly draw to a close this year.