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.
“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