was the first opponent to force Muhammad Ali to take a count?
Jim Smith, Gateshead
JUDGE: Ali was known as Cassius Clay when Sonny Banks dropped him with
a left hook in the first round of his eleventh professional fight in
New York on February 11 1962. Ali got up at two and forced a
fourth-round stoppage. The only other opponents to drop him were Henry
Cooper and Joe Frazier, each with left hooks. Chuck Wepner claimed to
have knocked him down in the ninth round of their championship contest,
but Ali insisted it was a slip and later produced photographic evidence
to prove it.
Floyd Patterson the first Olympic heavyweight champion to challenge for
the professional world heavyweight title?
Ryan Masters, Hereford
JUDGE: Floyd Patterson was Olympic champion at middleweight. The first
heavyweight gold medallist to challenge for the world title was 1956
Melbourne Games champion Pete Rademacher, who was knocked out in six
rounds by Patterson in his professional debut in 1957.
or false: Alan Minter once beat heavyweight hero Henry Cooper?
Graham McDonald, Brighton
JUDGE: Alan Minter knocked out Henry Cooper in one round in London on
January 20 1975. It was not Our 'Enery, of course, but an American with
the same name. Cooper, now Sir Henry, retired in 1971, a year before
Minter turned professional on his way to the world middleweight
many boxers has manager Terry Lawless guided to world championships?
J. Strong, Colchester, Essex
JUDGE: Four: welterweight John H. Stracey, lightweight Jim Watt,
light-middleweight Maurice Hope and flyweight Charlie Magri. Lawless
also steered Frank Bruno to his first two world title challenges.
Vince Hawkins ever fight Stan Rowan for the British middleweight title?
Mike Dyer, Manchester
Hawkins was British middleweight champion from 1946 to 1948; Stan Rowan
was British bantamweight champion in 1949. They never fought each
Scottish world lightweight champions Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt ever
fight each other for a title?
Frank Trevorrow, Carlisle
JUDGE: They fought for the British lightweight championship in Glasgow
on January 29 1973. Buchanan, from Edinburgh, won on points over 15
rounds. Ken had lost the world title to Roberto Duran six months
earlier. Watt, from Glasgow, became world champion six years later.
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