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WHAS-11 Finds the Spot Where Muhammad Ali Was Introduced to Boxing

It’s been more than 60 years since Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was introduced to the sport of boxing.

It was in the summer of 1954 that the 12-year-old future heavyweight champion was the victim of a theft, and reported it to a police officer who also happened to run a boxing gym.

Doug Proffitt of WHAS-11 has been researching details of the story and looking for the place where it all began, thought by some to be long gone.
He spoke with WFPL about what he found.

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Proffitt's report airs Thursday night on WHAS-11.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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