1967-02-06 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Ernie Terrell, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WORLD
1967-02-06 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Ernie Terrell, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Kessler. Scorecards: 148-138, 148-133, 148-137. In a battle to create one heavyweight champion, the WBC titleholder, Ali (212¼), had an easy time of it despite being unable to stop Terrell (212½), who was representing the WBA. Terrell won just two rounds, the second and fifth, and although always trying to match Ali with the jab he found the latter a difficult target and was forced to concede ground. Cut over the left eye in round three and the right eye in the seventh, Terrell began to look a sorry sight and during the last third of the contest was barely able to see as both eyes were badly swollen. At that stage Ali was in total control, but instead of trying to knock Terrell out he seemed happy to continue berating him right through to the final bell.