History | Mar 13 2018

On This Day: Cassius Clay survives huge scare against Doug Jones

Doug Jones threatened Clay's transformation into the all-conquering Muhammad Ali, writes Matt Christie
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CASSIUS CLAY was still two years away from becoming Muhammad Ali when he was matched with the gifted Doug Jones on March 13, 1963.

Clay had raced to 17-0 since turning professional three years before and his habitual bragging was starting to grate on the nerves of the wise old boxing fans. It had also frustrated former world light-heavyweight champion, Archie Moore, who felt he could teach the young pup a lesson when they were matched in 1962. He couldn’t, of course, and was thrashed in four rounds in Clay’s most noteworthy win to date.

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