On this day: October 30, 1960 - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali wins his first professional fight

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Muhammad Ali is arguably the most iconic sportsman of all time.

And 55 years ago today, ‘The Greatest’ won his first first professional fight in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, beating Tunney Hunsaker on points over six rounds.

Ali went on to have a glorious career in the sport and is the only boxer to have won three world heavyweight titles (1964, 1974 and 1978.)

The boxing legend, who is 73 and has been battling Parkinson’s since 1984, competed in 61 fights – winning 56 of them, with 37 of those by virtue of a knock out victory.

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Here’s what else happened on this day:

1985: Jockey Lester Piggott rode one winner at Nottingham before going into retirement – only to make a successful comeback five years later, aged 54.


1991: Colin McMillan became the fastest outright winner of a Lonsdale Belt when he won his third British title fight as a featherweight, against Sean Murphy.

1997: The Republic of Ireland scraped a 1-1 draw with Belgium in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Dublin. A 2-1 defeat in Brussels saw Mick McCarthy’s men eliminated.

Rio Ferdinand tried to overturn his eight-month ban from football.

2003: Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand was charged with misconduct by the Football Association after missing a drugs test. He was later banned for eight months.

2009: Wigan sacked Marlon King after the striker was jailed for 18 months having been found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.

2012: Swede Peter Eriksson was appointed Olympic head coach by UK Athletics.

2014: Ferdinand, by then playing for QPR, was suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on Twitter.

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Happy Birthday - October 30 - Diego Maradona, Courtney Walsh, Sir Ian McGeechan

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Diego Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game.

The mercurial talent famously captained Argentina to 1986 World Cup glory over West Germany in Mexico and the No.10 also won the tournament's Golden Ball best player award.

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In club football, the 'Golden Boy's' vision, touch, control, speed, dribbling skills and goalscoring prowess almost single-handedly led Napoli to their first ever Serie A title in 1987, as well as an array of other domestic and European trophies over the next couple of years.

Maradona retired from the game in 1997 and had a two-year spell managing Argentina between 2008 and 2010, and more latterly the 55-year-old spent a season with Al Wasl in 2011.

1946: Sir Ian McGeechan, four-times British Lions coach, also a former Scotland coach.

1962: Courtney Walsh, West Indies paceman who took 519 Test wickets.


1970: Adedayo Adebayo, former England winger.

1973: Michael Oakes, former Aston Villa, Wolves and Cardiff goalkeeper.

1974: Neil Shipperley, former Southampton, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United striker.

1976: Stern John, former Trinidad and Tobago striker, also played for Nottingham Forest, Birmingham and Coventry.
1983: Iain Hume, Canada's former Leicester, Barnsley and Preston striker.

1989: Nastia Liukin (gymnastics), Moscow-born 2008 Olympic individual all-around gold medallist for the United States, born 1989.

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On this day: 2003 - Rio charged after missing drug test

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Hefty ban: Rio Ferdinand.

In September 2003, Rio Ferdinand failed to attend a drug test scheduled to take place at Carrington training ground.

Ferdinand had left after training to go shopping, only to remember and attempt to return in time but be told it was too late.

He did undergo testing the following day and passed, and also offered to have a hair follicle test, which would provide results for the previous six months, but the FA turned down the offer.

The FA Disciplinary Committee chaired by Barry Bright imposed an eight-month ban from January 2004 at club and international level and a £50,000 fine, meaning he would miss the rest of the season and some of the next along with all of Euro 2004.

1960: Future boxing great Muhammad Ali won his first professional fight in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, beating Tunney Hunsaker on points over six rounds.

1985: Jockey Lester Piggott rode one winner at Nottingham before going into retirement – only to make a successful comeback five years later, aged 54.

1991: Colin McMillan became the fastest outright winner of a Lonsdale Belt when he won his third British title fight as a featherweight, against Sean Murphy.

2009: Wigan sacked Marlon King after the striker was jailed for 18 months having been found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.

2012: Swede Peter Eriksson was appointed Olympic head coach by UK Athletics.

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