1979-04-22 Matthew Franklin (Saad Muhammad) w rsc 8 (15) Marvin Johnson, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - WBC
1979-04-22 Matthew Franklin (Saad Muhammad) w rsc 8 (15) Marvin Johnson, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - WBC. Referee: George DeFabis. With both men looking for an early finish it was the champion who struck first with southpaw rights and lefts hitting the target in the second round, before Franklin (175) hit back with a burst of punches prior to being wobbled himself. From that moment on both men went head to toe, ripping in punches from both hands in an effort to finish early. The fight changed in Franklin’s favour when he almost had Johnson (175) over in the seventh and saved by the bell. Racing out of his corner at the start of the eighth Franklin poured in punch after punch on the stricken Johnson, and even though he was badly cut on the left eye by a stray blow the referee stopped the fight in his favour on the 2.44 mark after the latter had got to his feet at ‘nine’ following a tremendous right to the jaw.
From hereon Franklin would be known by his Islamic name of Matthew Saad Muhammad.