I TRIED TO GET THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO RELEASE THE 1964 AND 1965 ALI/ LISTON FIGHT FILES. THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT SOMEONE WOULD ASK SPECIFICALLY FOR THE FIGHT FILES. I HAD TRIED FOR YEARS TO GET THE FBI TO RELEASE THEM THROUGH THEIR FOIA PROCESS. BUT TO NO AVAIL. I WANTED THESE DOCUMENTS BEFORE MR. ALI WOULD PASS AWAY. BECAUSE OF MR. ALI AND SONNY BEING BEST FRIENDS. I HAD FIRST-HAND INFORMATION THAT MR. ALI WAS VERY SICK. EVEN BEFORE THE PUBLIC OR THE PRESS. I WANTED TO REDEEM HIS NAME SURROUNDING THE FIGHTS. I SPECIFICALLY JUST WANTED THE FIGHT FILES ONLY. EVEN THOUGH HE EVENTUALLY PASSED AWAY. I WAS STILL ABLE TO REDEEM HIS NAME AFTER HIS PASSING. BY WRITING A PERSONAL LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP THE LISTON’S HAD WITH THE ALI FAMILY. PLEADING WITH THEM TO FULFILL MY WISHES, DID THE TRICK. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANSWERED MY REQUEST WITH THE RELEASE OF THE FIGHT FILES. SHORTLY AFTER MR. ALI DIED. BUT THERE WAS NO PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE POTENTIAL RELEASE DATE. SOMETHING THAT THE FBI DID TRADITIONALLY WITH THEIR FOIA PROGRAM. SO AT FIRST, I DID NOT KNOW THAT THE RELEASE OF THE FIGHT FILE CAME FROM THE DOJ. I CALLED THE FBI TO ASK THEM IF THEY WERE THE ONES THAT RELEASED THE FIGHT FILE. AND THEY TOLD ME NO. THEY SAID THAT THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. MY AGENT CALLED ME TO INFORM ME THAT THE FILE WAS RELEASED THROUGH THE PRESS CONTACTS OF THE DOJ. PROVING TO THE WORLD, WHAT GERALDINE LISTON AND THE ALI FAMILY ALREADY KNEW. AND THAT WAS THAT, THE ALI/LISTON FIGHTS WERE NOT FIXED.

https://deadspin.com/the-fbi-spent-more-than-a-year-investigating-the-muhamm-1

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