According to Sports Illustrated (April, 1959), the greatest fight in NCAA championship history was the semifinal bout in the 1959 NCAA Championship Tournament. The fight, in the 165-lb class, featured Jim Flood from Sacramento State vs. Jesse Klinkenberg from Washington State University.
Through the three two-minute rounds it was toe-to-toe, each boy hammering with devastating skill and accuracy, each gaining in determination as the fight progressed and blood spattered from his heavily padded gloves. It was a magic six minutes, one of those rare occasions when athletes transcend their normal abilities.
Klinkenberg, who is an Alaska Indian, won and then, next night in the finals, lost a contrastingly routine bout to Charles Mohr of Wisconsin. But Klinkenberg was rewarded with the tournament’s trophy for sportsmanship as Mohr took the title and the “outstanding boxer” trophy.