As a boy of 12 living in D.C. suburbs in a trucking family dependent on daily business transactions for casual Black labor, I clearly sensed the Liston/Ali fight(s) ushered in a sea change in Black/White relations.

It never occurred to me until today that the fight(s) may have been thrown.


@JimmyMarr You can clearly see that Ali's shot did rock Liston's brillonut. I think the fact that it wasn't a haymaker but a quick, clipping punch that hit just right caused all the controversy ever since. It's the sort of seemingly minor thing people didn't expect could stop the fearsome Liston.

Still, being mob-controlled, he might have thought "Why not now? Get it over with."

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