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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