1976-02-20 Muhammad Ali w co 5 (15) Jean-Pierre Coopman, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WORLD
1976-02-20 Muhammad Ali w co 5 (15) Jean-Pierre Coopman, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WORLD. Referee: Ismael Quinones-Falu. Although the WBC failed to recognise this contest as involving the title they continued to see Ali as the champion, while the EBU banned Coopman from fighting for the European title for two years after going against their wishes. Following a fairly quiet opening round, the next session saw the champion began to toy with Coopman (206), who was badly hurt by fast combinations to the head, and it could be seen that the latter’s left eye was beginning to swell. Having taken a breather in the third and fourth rounds, Ali (226) picked it up again in the fifth and after striking with a burst of solid blows from both hands he put Coopman down for the full count, timed at 2.46, with a right uppercut.