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Cassius Clay knocks out Archie Moore

Cassius Clay knocks out Archie Moore

Nov. 15, 1962: Cassius Clay raises his arms in triumph after knocking out Archie Moore in the fourth round of their match at the Sports Arena. Clay — who in 1964 changed his name to  Muhammad Ali — had predicted he would win in the fourth round.

Los Angeles Times writer John Hall reported:

Cool and cruel Cassius Clay turned the “Battle of the Ages” into his own private Clay bake Thursday night as he amazingly erupted just as predicted to send a finished Archie Moore reeling toward retirement with a crushing fourth round knockout triumph before 16,200 dazzled fans at the Sports Arena.

Moore, hopelessly beaten from the start, went down three times in the fourth before referee Tommy Hart stopped it at 1:35 with the battered old Mongoose lying limply on his side. …

For the 11th time in his 16-0 pro career, Clay called the exact round. Against such a dangerous, experienced and proud old warrior as Archie the Mongoose it belongs in the Twilight Zone.

This photo by former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Larry Sharkey was lead art on the front page of the next morning’s Times Sports section.

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