​October 29, 1960: Cassius Clay Makes His Professional Debut

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In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali), wins his 1st pro fight.

THE FIGHT: Clay made his professional debut on October 29, 1960, winning a 6-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker.

The Olympic light heavyweight champion Cassius Clay of Louisville finished his 1st professional fight streaked in blood — that of his battered opponent — Tunney Hunsaker.

The 18-year-old Clay, turning in a classy, confident performance against a heavier and slower opponent at Freedom Hall, won every round of the six from the 30-year-old police chief from Fayetteville, W. Va.

At the final bell, Clay, appearing almost as fresh as when he started, was splattered with blood from Hunsaker’s nose and a cut over the West Virginian’s eye. The eye was swollen almost shut after the fight.

The dancing, fast-moving Clay bloodied Hunsaker’s nose in the third round with a flood of blows and it was the fourth that he opened the cut over his eye.

Proceeds from the fight went to the Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital.

Read more about Ali’s first pro fight at: Daily Black History Facts

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