Prizefighting: Feats of Clay

"Somewhere," mused Heavyweight Champion Cassius Clay, 24, "there is a ten-year-old boy who is going to whip me." Meanwhile, Cassius is bumming around. Last week's punching bag was Brian London, a 32-year-old Blackpudlian whose face should be on posters warning, FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT. Cassius' motives for fighting London were 1) a pressing need for money (he must post a $50,000 alimony bond before Aug. 27 or go to jail), and 2) a fine regard for his personal safety. London already had been knocked out by Henry Cooper and Floyd Patterson—both of whom Clay had demolished. At 6 ft. 3 in.,...

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