THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Wednesday, March 13, 1963
Muhammad Ali fails at the Garden
Having correctly called the round in which he would knock his opponent out in nine straight fights starting in 1961, a 21-year-old Cassius Clay had his streak snapped by Doug Jones at Madison Square Garden. Clay predicted Jones would go down in the fourth, but the drag-out bout went 10 rounds. Clay won a unanimous decision (though it was disputed) and raised his record to 18-0. Ring Magazine rated it the "Fight of the Year."