On this present day: Prime Muhammad Ali scores spotlight reel knockout of Brian London

“The Biggest” at his biggest.

On Aug. 6, 1966, Muhammad Ali efficiently defended the heavyweight championship of the world for the fifth time by scoring a third-round knockout of Englishman Brian London at Earl’s Courtroom Area in London.

Ali, unbeaten in 24 straight fights, was coming off a sixth-round stoppage of the most well-liked fighter in Britain on the time, Henry Cooper. That bout was eagerly anticipated as a result of Cooper had decked Ali (then generally known as Cassius Clay) three years earlier in a non-title bout earlier than being stopped on cuts. It was cuts once more for poor ‘Enry within the rematch.

London had misplaced to Cooper on three events, and Floyd Patterson stopped him in a earlier title try. He was a 15-1 underdog going into the Ali struggle and expectations have been low. The Blackpool-based slugger was strong sufficient, however his plodding type and slow-motion footwork seemed tailored for the champion’s pace and sharp taking pictures.

And so it proved.

The champ established his jab within the opening spherical and London seemed means out of his depth. A pointy proper shocked the challenger late within the second as Ali layered his offence and sought the early end.

Early within the third, Ali backed London into his personal nook with nothing greater than a string of feints. Immediately trapped, the bewildered challenger may solely watch as Ali launched a blurring mixture, culminating in a flush proper to the chin.

Fourteen punches, one knockdown, one 10-count.

English sport had been on a critical upswing after their soccer group annexed the World Cup one week earlier, however the heavyweight title would stay out of the U.Ok.’s attain for a number of extra years.

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