This week in boxing history, PBC remembers a passing of the torch, introduces a sextet of Olympians, hits two powerful heavyweights and goes 15 rounds in a classic slugfest.
November 15, 1962 – Cassius Clay defeated Archie Moore by fourth-round TKO at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in the penultimate fight for the “Old Mongoose.”
The 20-year-old Clay, who would change his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964, predicted that he would stop the 45-year-old former light heavyweight champion in four rounds, and he knocked down Moore three times in the frame.
November 15, 1984 – Billed as the "Night of Gold,” six medalists from the 1984 U.S. Olympic boxing team made their pro debuts on a fight card at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland and Tyrell Biggs won six-round unanimous decisions, while Meldrick Taylor, Pernell Whitaker and Virgil Hill each gained early TKOs. All but Biggs would go on to become world champions.
November 17, 2001 – Lennox Lewis knocked out Hasim Rahman with a right hand halfway through Round 4 to reclaim two world heavyweight titles in a rematch in Las Vegas.
Rahman had dethroned Lewis seven months earlier in South Africa with a fifth-round KO in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
November 18, 1970 – In the first defense of his world heavyweight championship, Joe Frazier knocked out Bob Foster in the second round at Detroit's Cobo Arena.
Frazier, a 5-to-1 favorite, sent Foster to the canvas early in the round with a left hook to the jaw, then finished him seconds later with another left hook. He would go on to defeat Muhammad Ali four months later in the “Fight of the Century.”
November 20, 1931 – Tony Canzoneri beat Kid Chocolate by 15-round split decision to retain his world lightweight and junior welterweight titles at Madison Square Garden in the first of two meetings between the fighters.
Had Canzoneri, a former featherweight champion, made 130 pounds for the bout—he weighed 132—he also would have been awarded Kid Chocolate's junior lightweight title and would have become the first four-division champion in history.