Interview with Edwin Pope
QUESTION 7
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

How did all the sports writers react to Cassius Clay when he burst on the scene? Tell me that again.

EDWIN POPE:

I don't think they took him seriously. I think, most of them felt that Cassius Clay would be champion eventually but they certainly didn't give him a chance against Liston. You have to remember that a lot of the writers of that time were older. Or they certainly seemed older to us then than they do now:Reg Smith, Jimmy Cannon, Al Buck, Lester Bromberg, a lot of, ah, good writers, good, ah, writers of great reputation from New York and they, having been around Joe Louis, I think they resented Cassius Clay's, ah, his loudness, his brashness because Joe Louis set a standard that, ah, unfortunately for a lot of other fighters to come after him, ah, they, these other fighters were judged by, a standard of decency, gentlemanliness, ah, he always conducted himself in, in a way that made people love him.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

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