This Day in Boxing

This Day August 6, 1966 Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London

Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London This Day August 6, 1966

Muhammad Ali retains the heavyweight crown

 

 

Muhammad Ali 209½ lbs

Brian London 201½ lbs

KO at 1:40 in round 3 of 15

Location: Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Referee: Harry Gibbs

World Heavyweight Title (5th defense by Ali)

 

Notes

Ali was guaranteed $252,000 plus a percentage of the TV revenue. London made about $112,000.

Ali was a 15 to 1 betting favorite.

There was a crowd of about 13,000.

In the third round, Ali backed London into a corner and unleashed a flurry of punches that put him down for the count.

This was Ali’s last fight under his managerial contract with the Louisville Sponsoring Group. He chose not to renew the contract, and Herbert Muhammad became his manager.

 

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