Join Date: Nov 2010
Re: INGO vs. Cassius Clay (Sparring session, Fake or ?)
Actually......Rocky Jim,,,,,,,,,,,it was just that.......a publicity scheme.
INGO had arrived in Miami Beach, on Friday, February 3, 1961.
He was staying at the Holiday Inn.
On Saturday, February 4th, INGO had a press conference, which was set up by Feature Sports, Inc. and Bill Fugazy Jr. the fight promoters.
The Miami Herald and Miami News, the 'two' top Florida newspapers and local
Television Network affiliates were there.
Ingo was to start his training on Tuesday, February 7th, at the Sea Breeze Hotel.
But for publicity, Feature Sports, Inc. fight publicist, Harold Conrad, set up
a staged sparring session, to be held in the Convention Hall for late Monday morning, February 6th.
The sparring session would be filmed, so the local networks could get some
stock film footage of INGO, to be shown on local Television that night, and also to be released to the
Sports Divisions of the major television Networks.
Cassius Clay and Otha Brown, local kids, were brought in for sparring and filming, as both fighters were
on the Convention Hall fight card, Tuesday, February 7th.
A publicity item was released in the Miami Herald, on Sunday February 5th.
Both, Edward Pope and John Underwood were the sports writers.
It stated, 'Olympic Champ to Box INGO Monday on Miami Beach'
It was nothing more than a staged photo shoot and film shoot.
Of course, it got blown out of proportion, that Cassius Clay schooled Ingo.
Which in reality, is so far from the truth, as to what really had happened.
INGO boxed 3-rounds with Finland Light Heavyweight Pekka Kokkonen,
then went 2-Rounds with Cassius Clay,
then 2-Rounds with Light Heavyweight Otha Brown,
then 1-round with Heavyweight Ted Donald (who Ingo floored)
before finishing up with another 3-rounds with Pekka Kokkonen.
Last edited by Il Duce; 02-07-2011 at 03:44 PM.