1979-08-18 Matthew Saad Muhammad w pts 15 John Conteh, Resorts International Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1979-08-18 Matthew Saad Muhammad w pts 15 John Conteh, Resorts International Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Carlos Padilla. Scorecards: 146-142, 144-143, 146-141. Having boxed well behind the left jab, dictating the fight and making Muhammad (172½) miss, when Conteh (175) was caught by two solid rights in the fifth he looked shaken prior to a head clash that left the champion with a terrible gash on the left eye. Once again Conteh got on top in the sixth, but by the 11th both men were landing with heavy shots, and towards the end of the 12th the Englishman had Muhammad all but beaten when he was lying on the ropes taking heavy punishment from both hands. Inexplicably, Conteh backed off, a decision that ultimately cost him the fight. Well ahead by the 13th, the fight turned again as Conteh was battered throughout the session and dropped twice in the 14th before somehow coming back to hurt Muhammad in the 15th. The scorecards failed to tell the true picture after a tough fight, but the referee’s score on 144-143 was about right.