Muhammad Ali vs. Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon '1980'
When Muhammad Ali was contemplating his 1980 comeback, a whole host of fighters were
mentioned for his 'first opponent'.
One, was 'highly regarded' undefeated 26 year-old, Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon, a 6' 3" 185 lb.
fast handed puncher, with a brittle right hand.
Willie with a record of 17-0-0 (13 KO's), was based in Portland, Oregon - and Muhammad was
thinking a 'Northwest Journey' might be nice in March 1980.
Muhammad had seen Willie 'The Cannon' fight in Las Vegas, and was impressed with his hand speed,
and power, despite being a 'thin-bean' at 6' 3" and 185 lbs.
February 24, 1980 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon stopped (KO 3) Jim 'Beam' Ingram to win the USA Nevada State Cruiserweight
Championship. Willie showed dazzling speed and quick right hand power, to flatten Jim Ingram.
Muhammad had called Willie, 'another Bob Foster', and a 'future Cruiserweight Champion'.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 10-10-2012 at 08:08 AM.