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Ernie Terrell vs. Cassius Clay (1965)

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Sound | 1965

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  •  Ernie Terrell concentrates on training for his upcoming heavyweight bought with champion Cassius Clay. 
  •  Terrrell won a skirmish with the fight's promoters after he threatened to walk out in an argument about top billing. Posters showing his name smaller than Clay's were redone.  
  •  The Chicago heavyweight is rated as the top contender for Clay's title. Most experts predict it will be the champ's toughest fight since he won the crown. 
  •  Meanwhile, Clay could be taken in the draft. He's been reclassified 1A. 
  •  Terrell's only comment, quote: "I'm gonna shut Clay's big lip." 
  •  Training and fight took place in the Houston Astrodome 
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Newsreel footage describes the upcoming bout between world heavyweight champion Cassius Clay and challenger Ernie Terrell, who vows to "shut Clay's big lip!"