The Conspiracy Of Muhammad Ali’s Fixed Fight

Published on Oct 5, 2018
Did Liston take a dive in this title fight?
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Muhammad Ali Taunting Sonny Liston
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Muhammad Ali Knocks Out Liston
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Cassius Clay hits Sonny Liston with a right
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Elijah Muhammad Listens As Malcolm X Speaks
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Clay-Liston Bout
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Boxer Joe Walcott
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Emile Griffith is presented with the Ring Magazine Belt
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Muhammad Ali And Sonny Liston
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Jimmy Cannon
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Frank Palermo Gesturing to Photographers
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Police Carry Stretcher with Malcolm X's Body
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Elijah Muhammad giving speech, Cassius Clay, 1964
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Elijah Muhammad Among Crowd Of Followers
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Cassius Marcellus Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Black Muslim lead
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Cassius Clay, 1963 Heavyweight Title
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'Celebrity Fight Night X'
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Muhammad Ali
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Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston
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BIO MUHAMMAD ALI-LISTON
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Ali Defeats Liston
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1964 Heavyweight Title Fight: Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston
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Cassius Clay Towering Over Sonny Liston During Boxing Match
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Sonny Liston v Muhammad Ali
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Gangsters
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Krays With Liston
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Sonny Liston celebrates after Floyd Patterson fight
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Cassius Clay, 1964 World Heavyweight Title
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Muhammad Ali Hitting George Foreman
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Malcolm X Portrait
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VIDEO
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Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing title in Miami Beach, Florida.
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EXTERNAL CREDITS
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Hector Felix

Comments

  • Most notorious maybe, but goat of boxing no way buddy

  • You really know nothing sonny was in gangs and was not a good champion and the nation of Islam had threatened liston

  • Ali was no cheater

  • Maybe Liston ducked because he was tell someone to shoot Ali. Cause you can see his mouth moving. HOW DOES NO ONE SEES THIS. Plus there are guys wearing black suits and sunglasses in a line only looking at Ali at 14:00.

  • 3:14 BOTTOM LEFT CORNER D.B. Cooper?

  • Uuuh who the hell is that guy on the left? Give us back our normal guy

  • Era penal oh no?

  • The punch was likely unexpected by sonny Liston ,if so any punch can be much more effective than what it could be if it was anticipated

  • That right hand landed very hard and caught him coming forward. 100% legit.

  • "The cameras didn't show much of the punching" Then wtf did it show, the crowd? haha I mean a boxing ring isn't that big.

  • I didn't know danny devito was at this fight! (9:35, above liston's chest)

  • You could easily see the head jolt . The punch connected

  • alright ryan you got me. im sure you could make a video series on making bad seventies jello food and i'd still bloody watch it, christ. now i like sports.

  • just shut

  • Muhammad Ali isn’t and never was the greatest of all time he was only known for his fast feet-work but like the video said he was never known for a hard puncher. Mike Tyson the baddest man alive

    • How would Tyson look if he said he was the greatest in a society where everyone thinks Ali is the greatest ? He’ said it to protect his imagine TYSON WOULDVE ATE ALI ALIVE

    • No dude you don't know anything about Ali and even tyson said he was the greatest

  • In the vid of the fight, it clearly connects. The question is though is was it a hard punch?

  • Ryan I gta say with the mob and the nation around this it could be a conspiracy but when I see that footage it clearly shows a straight right with his heavy foot planted landing solid. He got hit on the button and it was lights out. You can see his necc and head at the moment of impact. I don’t see him taking a dive. Maybe I’m wrong but I’ve been a fighter for a long time boxing & mma and it looks legit to me. I’ve seen guys in sparring and training way more than I’ve seen sanctioned fights and sometimes you get dropped off a stiff jab or unorthodox punch. Others you can get hit with a trucc and move forward.

  • You people have no knowledge of boxing, although power does help in achieving a knock out punch, it's not a necessity, precision works just as well. You can clearly see that punch connect, making listons head quickly jerk back and fourth. That's all it takes to knock you down/out. Its basic physiology

  • It was not a phantom punch it was a Jack Johnson Anchor Punch

  • Anyone who’s been in a fight knows the jaw can bring down anyone. Punch doesn’t have to be hard at all. A good shot in the sweet spot makes your head spin and you lose balance and it takes a few seconds to figure out where you’re at. Perfectly normal.

  • Chris Benoit Murder suicide would be perfect for this channel

  • febeeary

  • I think it’s a knockout, Floyd Mayweather fought Diego Corrales on January 20,2001 in the last round at 1:37 into the fight mayweather hits a similar punch and staggers corrales its likely that Ali hit sonny with enough power to cause a knockout

  • What if Ali had a stand

  • also rumble in the jungle fixed. they poision great foreman.

  • He called Jersey Joe Walcott bush league 🙃🙃😂

  • *Fascinating ✅🙂*

  • saw the enhance video of this fight. it was confirmed the punch connected.

  • dude in the slow motion video you can clearly see ali connecting with his famous anchor punch. (that punch later on would send many opponents tumbling towards the ground)

  • That is not Shane!

  • Hitting in the jaw can push the bone back and knock you unconscious, even when it looks like a tap. So this easily has to be one of the dumbest videos I've ever watched.

  • I slowed down that footage when he it was "fixed" the punch really connected guys

  • the mob is involved in all these unsolved mysteries

  • boxing is a fixed sport look at floyd vs maidana and fury vs wilder these officials are hired by promotors

  • Could these two millennials be more effeminate?

  • And the SnapBack of the head that Liston showed was no “baby punch” that was a hard right to the jaw that knocked him out piston was knocked out without question

  • it's funny how you discredit the most obvious answer just so you don't upset Islamists. the Nation of Islam did threaten Sonny, they also ruined Alis career. they're still threatening celebrities today

  • You can see on the slo-mo that Liston gets hit in the temple which has nerves and you can get knocked out easier. The knock down looked legit, the part that looked fake was Liston getting up to one knee then falling over

  • I believe that concussion one because one time during a basketball game I was turning and get elbowed in the head and was ruled out with a concussion for 2 months

  • Ali hit him

  • The greatest boxer of all time you say?? Better check again

  • the punch was legit. You don't need much force to ko anyone when they're moving mid combo. Listons punch dragged him forward Ali pulled and all he needed to do was clip his chin. Coupled with the fact that Ali already dropped him before that I don't really see the controversy.

  • You can see the punch connected.

  • At 6:03 the notorious gangster Krane brothers are behind Liston , why is this not brought up. They had serious underworld connections

  • I used to live in lewiston and the city itself is sketch

    • mike blash Not really. There’s a LOT more physically to Lewiston than people seem to think

  • He obviously hit him,and Liston was rocked and possibly tired from previous punches

  • its just not the same zack can never be as funny as shane 1 like = shane being in an episode

  • You better not ever replace Shane

  • Lmao these guys say its a weak punch still harder than both of them combined.

  • That was a punch that connected, no doubt .

  • Ali is also known for that time he dodged like 20 punches in 5 seconds

  • John "Sweetheart" wick

  • oof his voice is so annoying

  • The punch looked like it was hard enough to shake Liston's head, I think it's just a matter of being a perfectly placed and timed punch as Liston leaned into it. Precision of punches is more important than a lot of people think, that's why someone like boxer Prince Naseem or UFC star Conor McGregor can have so many KO victories, despite being relatively small men in their respective sports.

  • shaniac lyfe

  • Eazy-E and HIV/AIDS

  • Probably the biggest historic memory of lewiston, maine.

  • 4:08 You can see Liston's head move back when the punch lands.

  • why the intro gotta be so loud 'n'

  • the punch did land you can see his head pop back and one can get knocked out with a clean punch to the chin aka in boxing the button that's the sweet science

  • i had to stop watching after i saw the slow mo footage which clearly shows ali knocking him out

  • How can a nation of islam fix a fight Muslims dont want fighting, they want peace and muslims don’t gamble

  • You guys are being so racist.

  • No, hell no.

  • Liston must've tripped after the hit.

  • Blinky is not Blinking!!!

  • These dumbasses have never been clocked in the jaw before. Dosent take that much force to knock you out when you’re hit from the same angle.

  • my name is sweetheart kawasaki

  • "Sweet Baby"

  • The punch impact can be seen even on the Ribs of Liston...

  • How about you look into the Paquiao vs. Bradley fight in wich Bradley went out in a wheelchair and still managed to win the fight.

  • Do xxxtencion

  • Or they picked a small venue because the fight was fixed and they didn't want bunch of people to be able to say "yeah I saw it, I was fake" soooo

  • Why you calling him cassius clay when everybody else calls him muhammed ali, why do you got to be the only one to call him cassius clay?

  • They didn’t see his head move when he got hit🤦🏿‍♂️

  • Right cross looked clean

  • this is incredibly boring

  • Video without shane = video without me.

  • Could you do the Cris Benoit

  • It connects, you can see his head moved back as Ali’s punch hit the jaw

  • You guys should do one on Mike Tyson and buster Douglas 10 count, or Mike Tyson Vs Bruce seldon alleged dive the night Tupac was shot.

  • Ali punch him you can see face jiggl

  • It looked real to me

  • Take a shot every time Ryan says “the match was fixed”

  • 10:41 Buzfeed Unsolved Shane is cop on right

  • The problem is that he was unbalanced. Most knock outs are made by hitting the floor.

  • Why are these guys so funny?!😂😂

  • Wait Islam is a nation? I thought it was an ideology? Either way I wouldn't visit it.

  • Cassius Clay was a way better name for a fighter then Muhammad Ali, too bad he changed it.

  • Would it be possible that Sonny had a heart condition or a medical condition that flared up during the fight. Also medicine makes sense for multiple needle inserts to Sonny's body

  • No

  • i can easily say 2 things... the rebound of his muscles reacting (recoil) with the "punch" i will not put other nomenclature towards it.... and neither of these individuals have been in a fight (those two at the bar)

  • 9:30 lol time-travelling Danny DeVito peekin over the ropes got the whole thing on his cell phone

  • In the slow motion you can see his head buckle in a way that would be a little hard to fake

  • I swear the Media make Islam look like a religion of terrorism, however if you really investigate it is the exact opposite. Don’t trust everything you hear! 👍🏻🌏😀

  • I frickin love this series omg pls do more

  • actually you have zero evidence of a phantom punch, hope you get sued for defamation

  • I know everything about boxing, am an amateur boxer, and soon to be pro and train with a former HW champion and watch this series on a basis. I have to say fantastic job on the research, they clearly know what they were looking for.

  • Ayyyeee I live in Lewiston!

  • It’s not “fake” YOU CAN SEE LISTON’S HEAD SO SHOOK WHEN HE GOT PUNCHED 🥊 😂