Muhammad Ali vs. Buster Mathis

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1971-11-17 : Muhammad Ali 227 lbs beat Buster Mathis 256 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


  • Ali was a 7 to 1 favorite as Mathis hadn't fought in almost two years and had lost his last fight.
  • Ali was guaranteed $300,000 against 40% of all receipts. Mathis received 15% of all receipts.
  • The fight was shown on closed-circuit television in 106 locations in the United States.
  • The fight was televised in 27 foreign countries.
  • There was an estimated crowd of 21,000 at the Astrodome.
  • Mathis was down twice in round 11 and twice more in round 12.


  • "This will be Buster's last stand. I will do to Buster what the Indians did to Custer. I'm gonna wipe him out." - Muhammad Ali

Preceded by:
Ali vs. Ellis
NABF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 5
Succeeded by:
Ali vs. Chuvalo II