1966-09-10 Muhammad Ali w rsc 12 (15) Karl Mildenberger, Frankfurt Walk Stadium, Frankfurt, Germany - WBC

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1966-09-10 Muhammad Ali w rsc 12 (15) Karl Mildenberger, Frankfurt Walk Stadium, Frankfurt, Germany - WBC. Referee: Teddy Waltham. In what was Ali’s fourth defence of the WBC title during the year, the German southpaw put up a courageous show before being stopped at 1.30 of the 12th round. It was clear that Mildenberger (194¼) had decided that attack was the best form of defence, and for five rounds that is what he did when chasing Ali (203½) down at every opportunity. However, once Mildenberger had been cut by the left eye in the fifth he was forced to change tactics. At that point he started to fall behind before being dropped in the eighth by a flurry of lefts and rights and forced to take the mandatory count. Saved by the bell, Mildenberger decided it was time to take the fight to Ali again, but in the tenth he was dropped by a hard right cross to the jaw before coming back hard on his own account. In the 12th, after Mildenberger, who was bleeding badly and tiring, was caught by a tremendous right uppercut the referee stepped in when it was clear that he was in a helpless position.