On this day in 1960: Muhammad Al's first fight

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Ali fought as Cassius Clay.

Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, began the road to becoming boxing’s biggest superstar after winning his first pro bout on this day 56 years ago.

Having won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics, Clay turned pro later that year with Tunney Hunsaker welcoming him to the paid ranks in his home town of Louisville.

While the journeyman took an 18-year-old Clay to the full six rounds, he lost every one of them, with his nose busted and a cut over his right eye.

After the heavyweight bout in front of a crowd of 6180, Hunsaker – a 30-year-old police chief who earned $300 – said: “He’s awfully good for an 18-year-old and as fast as a middleweight.”

1950: Bill Rexford wins the second NASCAR Sprint Cup.

1964: Australian Bobby Simpson completes a century in each innings against Pakistan.

1985: Jockey Lester Piggott rides one winner at Nottingham before retiring.

2008: Philadelphia Phillies end a 25-year wait for a World Series title by beating Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5.

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Happy Birthday: Singh, Pires, Vaughan

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Sing, Pires and Vaughan were all born on this day.

A sporting giant in India, Vijender Singh can arguably be considered an icon.

Turning 31 today, Singh was the first Indian to win a boxing medal at the Olympics, securing bronze in Beijing, and without a doubt is the country’s greatest male pugilist.

Last year he slipped free of the vest ending an amateur career which, alongside his Games bronze, saw him garner a bronze at the 2009 World championships and silver, bronze and silver at three consecutive Commonwealth Games.

The super middleweight is currently unbeaten in seven pro bouts and scaled new heights in his fledgling career earlier this year when he secured the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, dismantling WBC European champion Kerry Hope to take a unanimous decision.

A true pioneer for boxing in India.

1973: Robert Pires, a three-time Premier League winner with Arsenal and Euros and WC winner with France (43)

1974: Michael Vaughan, ex-England cricket captain who regained the Ashes in 2005 to end 18-year drought (42)

1985: Cal Crutchlow, ended a 35-year wait for a MotoGP victory by a Brit, winning the Czech Rep GP this year (31)

1987: Andy Dalton, the only quarterback to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to four consecutive playoff berths (29)

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On this day in 1975: Boxing loses a legend

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Carpentier [centre left] was a great of the sport.

On October 28, 1975 boxing lost a legend as Georges Carpentier died, aged 81.

He had been one of boxing’s most versatile champions – having by the age of 19 held European titles at welterweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight.

Carpentier became world light-heavyweight champion between 1920 and 1922 and was a true giant of the sport.

The Frenchman was one of his country’s finest boxing exports and to this day he is remembered as one of the sport’s greatest champions.

2000: Manchester United hit five past Southampton in front of a new Premiership record crowd of 67,581.

2003: Leeds announced a record pre-tax loss of £49.5million, taking their debts to £78million. On the pitch they lost 3-1 to arch rivals Manchester United as striker Alan Smith was embroiled in controversy for throwing a bottle back into the crowd after it landed on the Elland Road pitch.

2008: Tony Adams was named the new manager of Portsmouth. He parted company with the club the following February.

2009: Portsmouth were placed under an embargo which prevented them from registering new players; Former Test umpire David Shepherd died following a long battle with cancer.

2012: Manchester City appointed Spaniard Txiki Begiristain as their new director of football.

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