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THE GREATEST MEETS THE GRIMMEST
Martin Kane
November 15, 1965
In the garish limelight of Las Vegas the boastful champion, Cassius Clay, and the dour ex-champion, Floyd Patterson, train amid distractions for the fight they both consider a sort of religious war
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November 15, 1965

The Greatest Meets The Grimmest

In the garish limelight of Las Vegas the boastful champion, Cassius Clay, and the dour ex-champion, Floyd Patterson, train amid distractions for the fight they both consider a sort of religious war

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Terrell vs. Clay or Terrell vs. Patterson is all but certain to be the outcome of the Toronto affair and the coming Las Vegas encounter. This is logical, for it would end the boring confusion of having two simultaneous claimants to the heavyweight title. It would be an interesting fight, too, because the Terrell jab, which is effective both offensively and defensively, would present a problem to either Clay or Patterson that would have to be solved.

Angelo Dundee has thoroughgoing respect for Terrell's jab, since he taught it to him, but he feels that the 6-foot-6 Terrell does not use it to best advantage. With left foot extended fully forward and right foot similarly extended backward, says Dundee, Terrell is unable to use his right hand effectively. From such a position the right invariably will fall short and, knowing this himself, Terrell seldom bothers with it. But he does have a good left hook, and once in a while, when his mind is not fixed on the jab, he throws it. Nor does Terrell take proper advantage of his great height, in Dundee's opinion, since, instead of standing upright, he bends forward. Someone should have told Chuvalo.

But to Clay's men in Las Vegas, Terrell's jab is a long way in the future. It is Patterson that Clay is jabbing now—verbally, until fight night. Predicting a knockout along about the seventh or eighth round, he has added another couplet to his own Garden of Verses:

Before you bet your money,
Remember what happened to Sonny.

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