History | Nov 06 2014

On This Day: 45 years after turning professional, Earnie Shavers talks in-depth about Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Larry Holmes

James Slater catches up with Earnie Shavers - who rates Larry Holmes over Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali-Earnie Shavers

On This Day in 1969, a heavyweight blessed with pure one-punch knockout power punched for pay for the very first time. Earnie Shavers stopped a foe in the second-round, the stoppage being the first of an incredible 68 KO’s that the shaven headed slugger would register.

Q: It’s 45 years ago today, November 6 1969, that you had your pro debut, Earnie! Does it seem that long ago to you and can you remember the fight?

Earnie Shavers: “Oh, yes, I remember it well, it was in Akron, Ohio, and I remember the guy’s name – Silas Howell. I remember all my fights pretty well. It doesn’t really seem that long ago to me, but boxing has been nothing but good to me and I have a great life today; I’m in good health and I’ve got nothing but good things to say about boxing.”


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