April 30, 1959
University of Wisconsin
(Field House), Madison, Wisconsin
Sports Journalist, Henry J. McCormick (Sports Editor, State Journal Newspaper)
Mr. McCormick covered the Pan Am Games Boxing Trials.
'Atom Amos' Johnson was a 20 year-old U.S. Marine.
A 6' 1" 175 lb. 'southpaw' Light-Heavyweight from Stockton, California.
'Atom Amos' had reached the Finals, by winning both of his bouts,
and brought in a record of 59-2-0 (24 KO's).
Cassius Clay, was a 6' 2 1/2", 17 1/2 year-old, Louisville, Kentucky
High School student.
Cassius was the 1959 National A.A.U. Light-Heavyweight Champion,
and was considered a slight favorite for the Pan Am Trials.
Cassius Clay had entered the Finals versus Amos Johnson riding a
37-bout unbeaten string.
Henry J. McCormick was the ****yst for the 3-Round Finals.
Round 1 was 'even', as 'Atom Amos' concentrated on the mid-section,
while Cassius was trying to wotk the left jab.
Round 2 and 3, it was all 'Atom Amos', as his southpaw stance baffled
the teenager, and his strength was too much to overcome.