It is widely predicted throughout the boxing world of the current and former eras that Liston took a dive against Ali, also known as throwing the fight. In reality Liston didn’t. Slow motion videos at the time catches a perfectly timed temple shot. Even though not a lot of power was put into it, the timing and impact of where the punch landed was easily the cause of the KO win. The problem with the punch is that it was so fast, not many people felt it could have KO’d him. Currently we see fighters being knocked out or stopped from much weaker punches. In my opinion Ali’s stoppage win over Liston was a legitimate power punch that caused the KO. It was a verified win. Despite Liston’s ties to organized crime and the mafia.