Muhammad Ali’s made his professional boxing debut 60 years ago
Michael is joined by Paul Upham, boxing writer & commentator / Fox Sports boxing analyst, on the 60th anniversary of Muhammad Ali making his professional boxing debut.
Then Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, his professional debut commenced on October 29, 1960, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. From then until the end of 1963, Clay amassed a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by knockout.
He defeated boxers including Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, LaMar Clark, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper. Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a 1962 match.
Nicknamed “The Greatest”, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time… remaining the only three-time lineal champion of that division.
His joint records of beating 21 boxers for the world heavyweight title and winning 14 unified title bouts stood for 35 years, Ali is the only boxer to be named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year six times.
Ali died on June 3, 2016.
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