Tunney Hunsaker Bridge
This entry is being revised. The Tunney Hunsaker Bridge is named after a professional boxer from Fayette County, West Virginia. Tunney Hunsaker is famous for being the first person to fight Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, professionally. This bridge was the first bridge built across the New River. It was built in 1889. The bridge was named after Hunsaker after the rehabilitation of the bridge.
Backstory and Context
Tunney Hunsaker served as the Fayetteville Chief of Police for 38 years. Hunsaker was 30 years old when he fought the 18 year old Olympian. Ali defeated him six rounds by decision. Hunsaker became Ali's opening in the professional world of boxing.
The two athletes would go on two completely different paths. One would go on to be a World Heavyweight Champion and the other would continue to be a small town police officer and soon after hang up the gloves.