1981-09-26 Matthew Saad Muhammad w rsc 11 (12) Jerry Martin, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC

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1981-09-26 Matthew Saad Muhammad w rsc 11 (12) Jerry Martin, Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Larry Hazzard. Forcing the fight for the opening two rounds, Martin (172½) was badly hurt in the third when the champion opened up with heavy lefts and rights the head, which led to the action going back and forth for several sessions. After taking some heavy shots in the sixth, Martin came right back in the seventh to blitz Muhammad (172) almost without response and an early night seemed on the cards. From then on both men exploded punches on each other, although Muhammad’s appear to carry more power, and in the 11th two massive rights to the jaw had Martin wobbling. Although Martin was still on his feet the referee called it off after 28 seconds of the session due to the challenger suffering what he called “a concussive period”.

Having beaten Mike Rossman and James Scott in his last two fights, and rated at number three by The Ring magazine, Dwight Braxton (Muhammad Qawi) would be Muhammad’s next challenger. The heavy-handed, two-fisted Braxton had lost just once in 17 contests against Johnny Davis, before gaining revenge at a later date. The fight against Scott, held in Rahway Prison, New Jersey, where the latter was serving time, was made even more interesting by the fact that Braxton had also served a term there.

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