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Muhammad Ali's 2nd pro fight...



Item # 631893

January 18, 1961

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 18, 1961

* Muhammad Ali - Cassius Clay
* 3rd professional boxing match
* Very rare report when still unknown


In the sport's section (page 41) under a very small one column heading at the bottom: "Brennan Halts Shorts in 7th" is a brief and inconspicuous report reading: "Cassius Clay, 195, Louisville, Scored a technical knockout over Tony Esperti, 197, Brooklyn, in the third round of a scheduled eight-rounder" (see) Very early and rare mention of Muhammad Ali here. I suspect this is one of the few publications to report this particular event as other titles in our inventory do not, given the discrete report here.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 68 pages, minor margin wear, generally in nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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