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Name: Joe LoScalzo
Hometown: New York, USA
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Referee Joe LoScalzo

  • The late professional boxing referee Joe LoScalzo is best known for refereeing the controversial Madison Square Garden 1963 Fight of the Year ten round bout between Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and Doug Jones. For the first time, Clay's prediction 'failed', and Jones did not fall in the sixth round (as young Clay had bragged to the press). Jones did considerably better than Clay had anticipated, nearly winning the bout on two scorecards in going the ten round distance, and never being bothered by any of the punches Clay threw.
  • Of 25 boxing press at ringside, 13 boxing press at ringside scored the bout for Jones, 10 for Clay, and two had it a draw.
  • Judges Frank Forbes and Artie Aldala both had the bout five rounds Clay, four rounds Jones, one round even.
  • If Jones had won only one more round on the cards, Jones would have won a majority decision.
  • LoScalzo's differing scorecard had the bout eight rounds for Clay, one round Jones, and one round even.
  • Clay raised his hands in celebration and taunted the Garden crowd after LoScalzo's scorecard was announced.
  • LoScalzo retired from refereeing several years later, his name lost in obscurity, but not his controversial scorecard.

Joe LoScalzo, Referee. Cassius Clay versus Doug Jones 1963 Ten Round Heavyweight Bout

  • Cassius Clay in white, Doug Jones in the dark trunks, archival footage in black and white
  • Madison Square Garden, Main Event, New York City, New York, March 13, 1963
  • Cassius Clay versus Doug Jones Part One [[1]]
  • Cassius Clay versus Doug Jones Part II [[2]]
  • Cassius Clay versus Doug Jones, Part III [[3]]
  • ESPN Classics Highlights of The Bout [[4]]
  • Clay vs. Jones Legendary Nights Highlights [[5]]