Re: Amos Johnson 'How I Beat Cassius Clay'
Not really, but quite possibly.
After Cassius Clay disposed of Floyd Patterson (November 22, 1965),
Amos Johnson was the 'logical choice' as the next Challenger.
But Cassius Clay looked to unify the Heavyweight Championship with
Ernie Terrell, but that bout fell through.
Amos Johnson, will waiting, picked up some easy 'Akron Cash' by flattening
the 'dangerous' - Ray "Indian Chief" Staples '12-Wins' (11 KO's), not once but twice.
* 12/16/65...KO 2
In this bout, 'Atom Amos' was knocked through the ropes in the 1st-Round, and did
not get back into the ring, until 14-seconds had past.
In Round 2, 'Amos Johnson dropped Ray Staples for the 'full-count' with a left hook.
After the bout, Ray Staples protested, and said he should have been awarded a
1st-Round Knockout victory.
* 2/2/66......KO 2
In the rematch, this time 'Atom Amos' was a little more careful with the hard puncher.
In Round 2, 'Atom Amos' dropped Ray Staples twice, enroute to a KO 2 victory.
After that, the 22-3-2 (11 KO's) 27 year-old - Amos Johnson was positioned as the
Cassius Clay then took on Canadian - George Chuvalo (as a fill-in replacement) for
Ernie Terrell on March 29, 1966.
While Amos Johnson was waiting, Cassius Clay then chose 'Henry Cooper' over 'Atom Amos'
for a May 21, 1966 bout.
Dave Brock who co-managed Amos Johnson, said after that move;
"We beat Henry Cooper by a distance as wide as the Atlantic, and Clay then chooses
the guy Amos mopped the floor with. Is there any justice in boxing. The answer is
a big fat no.'
'Bill Faversham said we'd be next, after Patterson, if Amos was impressive over Henry Cooper.
Well, Amos beat Cooper by a country mile. That whole bunch of Louisville drunks are first
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 08-14-2012 at 08:49 AM.