Leila Ali goes pro

On October 8, 1999, Laila Ali, daughter of the legend Mohammad Ali made her professional debut at the Turning Stone Casino on the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona, New York. Ali was pinned against April Fowler of Michigan City, Indiana in and won in 31 seconds. The one sided fight was Fowler’s second professional match and second time she…

Patterson V Jackson II

On July 29, 1957, defending champion, “The Gentleman of Boxing,” Floyd Patterson stepped into the ring at the Polo Grounds in New York for a World Championship rematch against Tommy “The Hurricane” Jackson. Jackson, coming back from being defeated the previous year by a vote, was ready to take his turn as champion. Jackson’s manager Cus D’Amato…