Dear Mr. Micheal Kortan, my name is Lynel Gardner and I’m in charge of the Sonny Liston Estate. I’m the grandson of Sonny Liston, and I’m in charge of all business pertaining to the estate. The 1964/ 65 fights between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, were considered at the time, to be fixed by the public at large, and the press. And all parties involved, including the families, managers, and promoters, were considered to have been involved in some type of conspiracy to fool the public. But the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover knew that this was not true. The FBI File Number 172-31 on Charles “Sonny” Liston, clearly shows that the FBI did not want to open an investigation on the Sonny Liston/ Ali fights. Because the FBI knew that the fights weren’t fixed. The FBI felt that the press was basing its leads off of rumors. And the FBI did not trust the press. The FBI had just investigated boxing in 1960, and would just continue to rely on its continued wire tapping, boxing experts, informants and contacts, within the boxing commission nationwide. The problem, was that Mr. J. Edger Hoover, never released his findings to the general public and the press at that time, and 52 years later, the speculations surrounding the fights, have become the source of movies, books, and have continued to bring shame and humiliation to all families involved with the fights. Casting a negative shadow, over these two great titans.
Mr. Ali and Sonny Liston were best friends, and our families have been close since the fights. I knew that Mr. Ali’s health was getting worse and worse for years. My goal for the past twelve years, was to bring a resolution to this case, and to redeem the Muhammad Ali and the Sonny Liston names. My goal was to do this before Mr. Ali died. Unfortunately, I was not able to accomplish this while he was still alive. But in death, I still have the chance, with your help, to allow Mr. Ali, his fans, family, the press, the opportunity to see these fights, in a different light. I cannot do this without the help of the FBI, who I feel have the responsibility to let it finally be known, to the press and the general public, that these fights were not fixed. And to clear both fighters, of any wrong doing. And to close the case if it is still open. I would like you Mr. Kortan, along with Mr. James Comey if possible, along with myself, to hold a press conference, to submit our statements and finding. Mr. Kortan, I would like you to explain during the press conference, the details of why Mr. Hoover at the time, chose not to present his findings to public and the press, and to discuss why Mr. Hoover believed that there was no fix. And to also explain, why Mr. Hoover and the FBI believed, that an open investigation was not necessary. I have spoken to your historian Mr. John Fox, and he is currently reviewing the Sonny Liston file, and he will be getting back to me in about week. I look foreword to speaking to you soon about this matter.
Sonny Liston Estate