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Cassius Clay Stops Besmanoff in the Seventh, Remains Undefeated

Nov. 29, 1961 - Cassius Clay stopped Willi Besmanoff in the seventh round tonight for his 10th consecutive victory since turning professional. After using Besmanoff as a punching bag through the first six rounds, Clay dropped the German-born heavyweight for an eight-count midway in the seventh. Besmanoff arose and took a right to the jaw that dropped him on his back. Referee Don Asbury stopped the fight. The 19-year-old Clay had Besmanoff, 29, bleeding from the mouth in the fourth round. Clay also opened a cut over Besmanoff’s left eye in that round.


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