Former boxing manager Charles Farrell admits to fixing fights:
Fight fixing is such an accepted part of the boxing business that there’s a standard way to do it. You call up or visit the gym of any trainer who represents “opponents,” and have the following exchange:
“I’ve got a middleweight who could use a little work.” [Read: His fight shouldn’t be more than a brisk sparring session.]
“I got a good kid. But he ain’t been in the gym much lately.” [He’s out of shape.]
“That’s OK. I’m not looking for my guy to go too long.” [It’s got to be a knockout win.]
“My kid can give him maybe three good rounds.”
And that’s it. Your fighter’s next bout will go into the record books as a third-round knockout victory. … I’ve arranged for countless such endings. I’ve bought off referees and commissioners. I’ve simultaneously managed fighters from both corners. I’ve picked up the tab for entire fight cards, effectively guaranteeing that the judges were in my pocket. While standing a foot from ringside, I’ve had kayoed opponents wink at me as they were being counted out.
He thinks it’s the humane thing to do: