Ali, This Day in Boxing

Muhammad Ali Beats George Chuvalo This Day May 1, 1972


Muhammad Ali Beats George Chuvalo This Day May 1, 1972


  • Muhammad Ali 217½ lbs
  • George Chuvalo 221 lbs
  • UD in round 12 of 12
  • Location: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Referee: Dave Brown 59-51
  • Judge: Tommy Paonessa 60-46
  • Judge: Tommy Keyes 58-51
  • NABF Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Ali)



Ali predicted he would drop Chuvalo, who had never been knocked down.

The pattern of the fight was established in round one when a right uppercut from Ali landed flush and Chuvalo barely blinked.

After absorbing a big right cross in round five, Ali stood stationary in a corner for about a minute and dared Chuvalo to hit him.

In the sixth round, Ali let fly with everything in his arsenal. He jolted Chuvalo with a series of combinations, but Chuvalo was going nowhere.

Ali won by a lopsided decision, but he never came close to putting Chuvalo down. In ninety-three professionals fights, Chuvalo was never knocked off his feet.


Pre-Fight Quotes

“I’m not gonna let it be said there was ever a heavyweight that didn’t fall. They have pictures showing my heels. Jack Johnson fell, Jack Dempsey fell, Sugar Ray Robinson fell, Joe Frazier fell, and George Chuvalo is gonna fall.” – Muhammad Ali

“I’m a better fighter than I was in 1966 and he’s not as good a fighter as he was then.” – George Chuvalo

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