Ernie Terrell vs. George Chuvalo

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1965-11-01 : George Chuvalo 209 lbs lost to Ernie Terrell 206 lbs by UD in round 15 of 15

Terrell Unanimous Heavy Winner
Associated Press, November 2, 1965

Ernie Terrell still is a champion but the crown which sits atop his 6-foot-6 frame still doesn't make him the big man in the world of heavyweight boxing. He knows this.

Terrell won a unanimous 15-round decision over George Chuvalo Monday night to remain champion. But he still is only champion of the World Boxing Association, not of the world.

The man recognized by everyone but the WBA as king of the heavyweights—Cassius Clay—puts his share of the title on the line against Floyd Patterson Nov. 22 in Las Vegas.

Terrell was not a picture of jubilation in his dressing room after making the first defense of the title he won by outpointing Eddie Machen in Chicago last March 5.

"Everyone has always made fun of me, mostly because I'm a singer as well as a fighter," said the champion, who also is head of a musical combo. "I don't know why people get this laughing image of me."

His victory over Chuvalo probably won't change Terrell's public image immediately, but it could do so indirectly because it puts him in line for a shot at the winner of the Clay-Patterson fight—a fight which would give boxing a single heavyweight champion again.

The WBA threw the heavyweight division into its present Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde state by stripping Clay of his crown for signing a return bout contract with Sonny Liston before their first fight in 1964.

Terrell, 26, hardly used his right hand at all in defeating the plodding, two-fisted Canadian.

The Chicagoan, who had a seven-inch advantage reach, threw stinging left hand punches to Chuvalo's face almost from the opening bell until the final gong.

Although there were no knockdowns, Terrell, who weighed 206, drew blood from Chuvalo's nose and cut him about both eyes.

The Canadian, who weighed 209, required 10 stitches to close two five-inch cuts over his left eye.

Referee Sammy Luftsprihg scored it 72-65, judge Fred Nobert called it 73-65, and judge Jackie Burke made it 69-65 for Terrell.

The fight was scored under the five-point-must system, in which the winner of a round receives five points and the loser four or less.

The action didn't end with the fight.

Terrell accused Chuvalo of repeated fouling. He pointed to an inch-long gash in his left eyebrow and he said it was caused by butting. He also said Chuvalo kept stepping on his feet.

The referee warned Chuvalo for butting and Terrell for thumbing in the eighth round.

Chuvalo was bitter about the outcome and said he was "willing to go to the Supreme Court (of Canada)" to protest the decision.

"I can expect a bad decision anywhere else, but not in my home town," said the 28-year-old Chuvalo, who spent 45 minutes behind the locked door of his dressing room shouting at his manager, Irving Ungerman, and his trainer, Bernie Glickman.

He blamed Ungerman for agreeing to fight in Toronto, saying the bout should have been elsewhere.

A crowd of 12,500 at Maple Leaf Gardens paid $124,456.50 to see Terrell win his 14th straight fight. His record is 38-4. Chuvalo's record is 33-10-4.