Could one of the most iconic boxing matches in history have been rigged?
That’s what the FBI suspected according to documents unearthed by the Washington Times.
Maybe it wasn’t such a shock, as 4-decade-old documents released to The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act show the FBI suspected the 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 idea of the Ali-Liston fight being rigged isn’t exactly new, though the suggestion of such has never had much proof and was often swept under the rug when brought up. However, the new evidence brought to light by the Washington Times suggests a potential fix may have been in.
All that said – there’s still nothing definitive to suggest that Liston went through with the rigging. Though, given the new evidence and the history of boxing in Las Vegas, you can’t help but raise an eyebrow.
The Ali-Liston fight was not the only match the FBI suspected of being fixed.