1966-11-14 Muhammad Ali w rsc 3 (15) Cleveland Williams, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WBC
1966-11-14 Muhammad Ali w rsc 3 (15) Cleveland Williams, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WBC. Referee: Harry Kessler. Defending his title against the dangerous, hard-punching Williams (210½), Ali (212¾) made a careful start before hurting the latter with body punches towards the end of the first session. Ali was more aggressive in the second and he dropped Williams three times before the bell rescued the forlorn challenger, who was now bleeding badly from the mouth and nose. Despite being hurt, Williams made an aggressive start to the third, charging in to Ali, before a terrific right cross dropped him in a heap. Somehow Williams made it to his feet before the count was completed, but after stumbling about under a hail of lefts and rights he was rescued by the referee with 112 seconds of the session remaining.