Cassius Clay 1960 Official Olympic Gold Medal Winning Programme

Cassius Clay 1960 Official Olympic Gold Medal Winning Programme

Cassius Clay 1960 official Olympic gold medal winning programme.

The front cover is actually signed but with a signature I am not familiar with.

Condition very good (numerous weight categories have been scored by an enthusiastic fight fan & some foxing to front and back cover)

Price: £395

1960 Olympics Gold Medal Winning Performance Cassius Clay vs Pietrzykowsky

Like future opponents and fellow World heavyweight champions Patterson, Frazier, Foreman and Spinks, Clay crowned his amateur career by winning an Olympic gold medal. This he achieved in the light-heavyweight division at the XVII Olympiad held in Rome during the summer of 1960.

His well-known fear of flying almost prevented him from appearing at the games and it took all of Joe Martin’s persuasive powers to convince his young protege that this was one plane ride he had to take. Clays’ opening bout was against Belgian Yvon Because, who was unable to cope with the young American’s combination punches and was stopped in the second round. Next up was the Russian Guennadiy Shatkov who was Olympic middleweight champion 4 years before, he was far more experienced than his opponent but Clay’s superior ability saw him through to an undisputed victory. In the semi-final the 18-year old met up with an old rival Tony Madigan whom he had beaten in the previous year in the National Golden Gloves. The aggressive Australian pressed forward throughout the 3 rounds but Clay boxed intelligently on the retreat, scoring effectively to register another unanimous points win. His opponent in the final was Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, a 25-year old southpaw. Pietrzykowski was a triple European champion and an Olympic bronze medallist but Clay handled him with surprising ease once he had solved the problem of the Pole’s awkward style. In the last round the Louisville youngster administered a fearful battering, opening up a cut over the Pole’s left eye and rendering him out on his feet at the bell. Even the Pole’s in the 16,000 audience could not disagree as all 5 judges voted Clay Olympic champion.