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The movie also shed some light for me on Sonny's mysterious death, but fell short in explaining his second fight with Muhammad Ali who "hit" him with the "phantom punch." Rhames, as Liston, said he did not throw the fight, but many observers -- myself included -- saw only a love tap by Ali. Rumor has it that Liston took a a dive at the order of big-betting gangsters.
I interviewed Ali in 1965 and, when I asked him about the "punch," he told me: "I hit that chump hard." Hard to believe if you saw it.