It was one of the most storied sports moments in history – Muhammed Ali defeating heavyweight champion Sonny Liston 50 years ago today.
But was the fight fixed?
The Washington Times asks  this question after receiving four-decade-old records that show the FBI believed the fight may have been decided by a Las Vegas figure, Ash Resnick, who is tied to organized crime and Liston.
The most eye-opening evidence comes from a 1966 interview with Houston gambler Barnett Magids.
“On one occasion, Resnick  introduced Magids  to Sonny Liston  at the Thunderbird, [one of the Las Vegas hotels organized crime controlled],” the memo states. “About a week before the Liston and Clay  fight in Miami, Resnick  called and invited Magids  and his wife for two weeks in Florida on Resnick . Magids ‘ wife was not interested in going, but Magids  decided to go along, and Resnick  was going to send him a ticket.
“Two or three days before the fight, Magids  called Resnick  at the Fontainebleau Hotel  in Miami to say he could not come,” the memo states. “On this call, he asked Resnick  who he liked in the fight, and Resnick  said that Liston  would knock Clay  out in the second round. Resnick  suggested he wait until just before the fight to place any bets because the odds may come down.
“At about noon on the day of the fight, [Magids ] reached Resnick  again by phone, and at this time, Resnick  said for him to not make any bets, but just go watch the fight on pay TV and he would know why and that he could not talk further at that time.
“Magids  did go see the fight on TV and immediately realized that Resnick  knew that Liston  was going to lose,” the document states. “A week later, there was an article in Sports Illustrated writing up Resnick  as a big loser because of his backing of Liston . Later people ‘in the know’ in Las Vegas told Magids  that Resnick  and Liston  both reportedly made over $1 million betting against Liston  on the fight and that the magazine article was a cover for this.”