CLAY, CASSIUS-TUNNEY HUNSAKER ORIGINAL WIRE PHOTO (1960)

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On October 29,1960 Cassius Clay made his pro debut against Tunney Hunsaker in a heavyweight bout. Clay would win the 6 round bout by unanimous decision. Clay arrived at Louisville's Freedom Hall in a brand-new pink Cadillac and he was too slick and quick for his journeyman opponent, who had lost his previous six bouts. But Hunsaker managed to go the distance, something Clay's next five opponents did not, and the bout ensured his place in history as the answer to a trivia question: who was Muhammad Ali's first professional opponent? Hunsaker's nose began leaking blood in the third and he was cut over his right eye the following round. Clay finished the fight splattered with blood from his fellow American. Clay won every round and took home $2,000. After the heavyweight bout in front of a crowd of 6,180, Hunsaker - a 30-year-old police chief who earned $300 - said: "He's awfully good for an 18-year-old and as fast as a middleweight."Presented here is the extremely rare original wire photo which depicts action during the bout.
This is an original Wide World Photo wire photo with their stamp and full caption on the back. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Tiny crease in lower right corner. No tears. 7" x 9."

Size: 7 x 9

Condition: very good