1975-07-01 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Joe Bugner, Independence Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - WORLD
1975-07-01 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Joe Bugner, Independence Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - WORLD. Referee: Takeo Ugo. Scorecards: 73-67, 72-65, 73-65. Turning back the clock to dance his way through the fight, the champion had far too much for the game Bugner (230), who was almost pedestrian at times. Although Bugner was never on the floor he was not fast enough to catch Ali (224½) and was forced to absorb everything thrown at him, especially in the opening five rounds. Bugner’s best round was the tenth when he forced Ali to retreat, but he was unable to keep the pressure up and when he did close down the space the latter cleverly boxed his way out of trouble. It was not until the 13th that Ali managed to shake Bugner up with punches from both hands to head and body, but the European champion took them in his stride to make it to the final bell.