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Muhammad Ali vs. Ernie Terrell was a professional boxing match contested on February 6, 1967, for the WBA & WBC Heavyweight Championship. The fight went 15 rounds, with Ali winning through a unanimous decision.[1]

Muhammad Ali vs. Ernie Terrell
DateFebruary 6, 1967
VenueAstrodome, Houston, Texas, United States
Title(s) on the lineWBA/WBC/The Ring/Lineal Heavyweight Championships
Tale of the tape
Boxer United States Muhammad Ali United States Ernie Terrell
Nickname The Louisville Lip
Hometown Louisville, Kentucky Belzoni, Mississippi
Purse $600,000 $210,000
Pre-fight record 27–0 (22 KO) 39–4 (18 KO)
Height 6' 3" 6′ 6″
Weight 212¼ 212½
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC/The Ring/Lineal
Heavyweight Champion
WBA
Heavyweight Champion
Result
Ali defeated Terrell by 15th round Unanimous Decision.

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BackgroundEdit

Before the fight, Terrell taunted Ali by referring to him by his former name "Cassius Clay". During a pre-fight interview in ABC studios, a physical altercation ensued between the two due to Terrell's taunts — in which Ali referred to Terrell as "Uncle Tom".[2]

The fightEdit

Ali taunted Terrell during the bout and beat him savagely but refused to move in for the knockout. Throughout the fight, Ali asked Terrell "What's my name?"[3].Two of the Judges scored the bout 148-137 and the other had it 148-133 all in favor of Ali.

AftermathEdit

This performance was seen as vicious and made Ali unpopular with many boxing fans.[4][5][6][7]

UndercardEdit

Confirmed bouts:[8]

BroadcastEdit

The fight was broadcast live through paid closed-circuit television at select venues/theaters across the United States. The fight also had a live pay-per-view home television broadcast in Hartford.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Muhammad Ali's ring record". ESPN. 19 November 2003. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ "The Myth Of "What's My Name:" RIP, ERNIE TERRELL - The Sweet Science". tss.ib.tv. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  3. ^ Felix Dennis and Don Atyeo (2003). Muhammad Ali: The Glory Years. miramax books. p. 150.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Thomas Hauser (1991). Muhammad Ali:His Life and Times. Simon & Schuster. pp. 161–6.
  5. ^ "The left that was". Sports Illustrated. 6 February 1967. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Ernie Terrell, Heavyweight Champion, Dies at 75; Lost Grudge Match to Ali". New York Times. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. ^ "CRUEL ALI WITH ALL THE SKILLS". Sports Illustrated. 13 February 1967. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  8. ^ "BoxRec - event".
  9. ^ Ezra, Michael (2013). The Economic Civil Rights Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power. Routledge. p. 115. ISBN 9781136274756.