1966-08-06 Muhammad Ali w co 3 (15) Brian London, Exhibition Centre, Earls Court, London, England - WBC

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1966-08-06 Muhammad Ali w co 3 (15) Brian London, Exhibition Centre, Earls Court, London, England - WBC. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Expected to give the champion a bit of a tousle in the earlier rounds, London (201½) proved a big disappointment when unable to go beyond the third round. Not noted for making a fast start, Ali (209½) surprised all when he began shooting out solid lefts and rights from the opening bell and London seemed to have way of avoiding them other than to put up his guard to protect himself. Unfortunately, that was the story of the contest and at 1.40 of the third London was counted out after being dropped after a cluster of lefts and rights followed by a short right to the head. As an experienced fighter it had been expected that London might try to force the fight, but on backing away from Ali he played right into the champion’s hands.