Re: Muhammad Ali vs. Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon '1980'
Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon got ranked as the #3 Cruiserweight as of March 1, 1980
Willie was fighting at 182 lbs., and was a very quick fighter, but had a brittle right hand,
which he broke numerous times. Willie was 'not' a Heavyweight, but could hit hard.
When Muhmmad Ali wanted to come back, they offered the bout to CBS-TV for a Friday Night Broadcast.
The proposal was for Muhammad Ali to receive a fight purse of $1,500,000 - and Willie Shannon to
get $100,000 for a scheduled 12-Round Bout.
But CBS-TV countered with $1,000,000 as a 'total fight purse bid' and a bout for 10-Rounds, with
Muhammad Ali paying Willie Shannon his fight purse, out of Muhammad Ali's share.
That offer 'stalled' the deal.
But ABC-TV came in, and was willing to take the bout as a scheduled 10-Rounder, and was willing to give
Muhammad Ali a fight purse of $1,150,000 - with Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon to get $75,000.
It was almost a go, but...............
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 10-10-2012 at 07:44 AM.