1976-04-30 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Jimmy Young, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA - WORLD
1976-04-30 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Jimmy Young, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tom Kelly. Scorecards: 72-65, 71-64, 70-68. Giving one of his worst ever displays, seeming almost lethargic at times, the champion later revealed that his right eardrum had been burst and that as well as underestimating Young (211) had made it a difficult night for him. Young, who was in good condition, boxed an intelligent fight and was never in any real trouble despite being given a standing count when leaning out of the ring at the end of the 12th. By the end of the 13th Ali (230) appeared to have shot his bolt after trying to take Young out and the latter came on strong in the 14th, sending in solid lefts and rights while making his man miss. Afterwards Young was certain that he had won and felt that his ploy of ducking, swaying and leaning so far out of the ring between the ropes had frustrated Ali and messed his game plan up.
Although Ali already had a defence lined up against Ken Norton, the unrated awkward southpaw, Richard Dunn, was given an earlier date. As the reigning British, Commonwealth and European champion, Dunn had improved since losing his first pro contest and eight others, and had beaten Bunny Johnson (twice), Ray Patterson and Danny McAlinden.