Re: Muhammad Ali vs. Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon '1980'
Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon was approved for a late-May/early-June 1980 bout with
Muhammad Ali, set for a Friday Night ABC-TV bout.
But first, in a test-bout, on Saturday ABC-TV on the undercard of the Marvin Hagler vs
Bobby Watts II bout,,,,,,,on April 19, 1980 in Portland, Maine.
Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon 17-0-0 (13 KO's) got a $25,000 fight purse to 'show-off'
his talents on National Television versus Detroit Heavyweight - Dwain 'U.S.' Bonds.
The 6' 3" 185 lb. Shannon was out-weighed by 20 pounds, versus the 6' 0" 205 lb.
former 1974 National A.A.U Heavyweight Champion.
Willie fought well for the first-half of the bout, but when his fast-hands and hard-punches
couldn't dent the 'bigger' and more 'natural' heavyweight Dwain Bonds, 'The Cannon'
started to fire 'blanks'.
Dwain Bonds, a 'plodder' who had a record of 15-7-1 (7 KO's), just wore down the
'thin-bean' in the second-half of the bout, and finally caught up to 'The Cannon' in
Round 8, when Willie's legs started to go.
Dwain finished the exhausted 'Cannon' off in Round 9, by flooring him '3-times'.
For Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon, there went the $75,000 pay-day versus Muhammad Ali.