Muhammad Ali Stops Billy Daniels This Day May 19, 1962
Cassius Clay on the way to the title
- Muhammad Ali 196 lbs
- Billy Daniels 189 lbs
- TKO at 2:21 in round 7 of 10
- Location: St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Mark Conn 5-1
- Judge: Artie Aidala 4-2
- Judge: Leo Birnbaum 4-2
Clay was ranked ninth by Ring Magazine and seventh by the National Boxing Association. Daniels was unranked.
A crowd of 1,650 produced a gate of $4,300.
At the time of the stoppage, referee Mark Conn had Clay ahead 5-1, and judges Artie Aidala and Leo Birnbaum had him in front 4-2.
Unofficial AP scorecard through six completed rounds – 4-2 Clay
Associated Press – May 20, 1962:
Young Cassius Clay of Louisville stopped Billy Daniels of New York on cuts in the seventh round Saturday night of a battle of unbeaten heavyweights at St. Nicholas Arena.
Referee Mark Conn halted the contest at 2:21 of the seventh of the television fight because of a nasty cut over Daniels’ left eye.
“It hampered his vision,” said the referee. Daniels was gashed over the eye in the third round and bled freely the rest of the way.
Dr. Sam Swetnick had visited Daniels’ corner after the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.
Although the 5-1 favorite Clay had a good lead, he didn’t show too well against the 25-year-old barber who twice hurt the cocky Kentuckian with long rights to the jaw.
The 20-year-old Clay had predicted “Daniels will fall in five” but he couldn’t even floor his 6-foot-4 189-pound opponent. Clay weighed 196.