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.

The next man up for Ali was the European champion, Karl Mildenberger, a solid and workmanlike southpaw, who had put together 49 wins in 54 bouts, defeating Jimmy Slade, Franco Cavicchi, Harold Carter, Frankie Daniels, Young Jack Johnson, Wayne Bethea (twice), Pete Rademacher, Alonzo Johnson, Joe Bygraves, Von Clay, Joe Erskine, Archie McBride, Eddie Machen and Ivan Prebegin the process. He had also drawn with Zora Folley and Amos Johnson.