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San Diego, CA-While on assignment recently in southern California, I was in the back of a limo cruising along the Archie Moore freeway. The all-time record holder in career knockouts with 131, turned professional in 1935. The biggest myth regarding Moore, who died at 81 in 1998, was that the last fight he had was against an undefeated upstart named Cassius Clay in 1962. Moore, having gone 186-23-11, would in March 1963 defeat Mike DiBiase, (TKO 3) and wrap up a 28-year professional run.
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Many stories that are about Moore tend to stick to his career. This will delve into the times I spent in his presence. When I first saw Archie in person, he had already retired from boxing. Circa 1969, with San Franciscos Newmans Gym the backdrop, Moore, having had been invited by George Foremans manager, Dick Sadler, was on hand to offer a few tips to the recently crowned 1968 Olympic heavyweight champion. S.F. Examiner writer Eddie Muller Sr., the last boxing columnist to write five days a week sat with Moore for over an hour in Billy Newmans office.
DICK SADLER BROUGHT ARCHIE TO FRISCO IN 69
And while my father would have problems with dates, he wanted an autograph and to ask Archie about his 1959 knockdown fest with Yvon Durelle. Never getting the opportunity, Archie was rushed to a waiting car once Muller was done holding court. I had a question for Archie, that I would finally get an answer to some 27 years later. Did Roy Shire, then the local professional wrestling promoter. Did he fight Archie and knock him down? He laughed and said Shire, a decent wrestler and a better promoter was stopped on a cut in three. As a side note, Shire who died in the early 90s buried an untaxed $500,000 in cash in his backyard. When he dug it up years later, the paper money had turned to mush and the IRS taced him on it!
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