Boxing Only


60 years ago

Cassius Clay vs Sonny Banks

Cassius Clay vs Sonny Banks

Date: 10th February 1962

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

Title: 10 Round Heavyweight Contest

Promoter: None

Cassius Clay
( 10 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 194 1/2 lbs

Sonny Banks
( 10 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 191 1/4 lbs


The 20-year-old Clay, having his 11th professional bout, faced Birmingham, Mississippi's 21-year-old Banks at the world-famous Madison Square Garden, New York.

Banks became the first man to knock down Clay as a professional when he dropped Clay on his backside with a fast left hook in the 1st round. Clay returned the favour in the 2nd round and eventually forced referee Ruby Goldstein to stop the action at 0:26 of the 4th round.

After the fight Clay said "That was my first time knocked down as a professional. I had to get up to take care of things after that because it was rather embarrassing, me on the floor. As you know, I think that I'm the greatest and I'm not supposed to be on the floor, so I had to get up and put him on out, in four as I predicted."


Cassius Clay vs Sonny Banks on YouTube


Cassius Clay vs Sonny Banks on Vimeo


Cassius Clay vs Sonny Banks


 
 

Related Links


Cassius Clay vs Tunney Hunsaker

Cassius Clay vs Sonny Banks

Cassius Clay vs Henry Cooper