1981-04-25 Matthew Saad Muhammad w co 9 (15) Murray Sutherland, Resorts International Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1981-04-25 Matthew Saad Muhammad w co 9 (15) Murray Sutherland, Resorts International Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Paul Venti. Winning the first four rounds, scoring well with left jabs and follow-up rights, Sutherland took advantage of the champion’s lethargy. That all changed in the sixth when Muhammad finally began to unload and in the seventh he had Sutherland down for ‘nine’ from a volley of punches and cut over the left eye. Although Sutherland fought back well in the eighth, Muhammad was now on top and in the ninth he dropped the challenger with a big right to the jaw. Counted out at 1.16 of the session, Sutherland was angry at not being allowed to continue as he had been on his feet at ‘nine’, but despite the New Jersey commissioner and former heavyweight champion, Jersey Joe Walcott, initially thinking that the referee had stopped the fight the result stood.