Monday, October 29, 2012
Yearbook, Oct. 29: Ali's first pro win
By Patrick Dorsey
Oct. 29, 1960: Fifty-two summers ago, a young boxer named Cassius Clay claimed the light heavyweight Olympic gold medal in Rome.
Not long after, Ali turned pro -- and on this day that same year, the man who would be Muhammad Ali fought for the first time as a professional and claimed a six-round decision over boxer/small-town police chief Tunney Hunsaker in Louisville, Ky.
Not to belittle the 18-year-old's win; Clay built up a 19-0 record over the next three-plus years before facing Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title in 1964. It's not a shocker now, but it was a "world shaker" then -- Clay won.