1981-02-28 Matthew Saad Muhammad w rsc 11 (15) Vonzell Johnson, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC

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1981-02-28 Matthew Saad Muhammad w rsc 11 (15) Vonzell Johnson, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Tony Perez. Making his sixth defence Muhammad (174¼) was up against it for the opening five rounds, as the 6’4” Johnson (174) confused him when picking up points and moving out of range. The fight changed at the end of the sixth, Johnson going to the floor after what seemed to be a slip and incurred a mandatory ‘eight’ count much to his chagrin. From thereon, Muhammad picked up the pace and by the ninth Johnson was getting hit more often and was fast tiring. Cut over the left eye in the tenth, Johnson gamely fought on but after being dropped by a right to the jaw following a steady battery of blows and then badly hurt by another big right the referee decided enough was enough and stopped the fight, the finish being times at 1.13 of the 11th.

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