Muhammad Ali vs. Cleveland Williams
1966-11-14 : Muhammad Ali 212¾ lbs beat Cleveland Williams 210½ lbs by TKO at 1:08 in round 3 of 15
- Location: Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA
- Referee: Harry Kessler
- Promoter: Earl Gilliam
- World Heavyweight Title (7th defense by Ali)
- Closed Circuit Poster
- Photo: Ali sends Williams to the canvas
- The fight was shown on closed circuit television at 125 locations in the United States
- The fight was seen, either directly or on delayed tape, in 46 foreign countries.
- There were 35,460 fans at the Astrodome, which was the largest crowd ever to see an indoor boxing match at that time.
- The gross gate was $461,290.
- Ali got 50% of the live gate and 50% of the ancillary rights, including closed circuit TV and radio. Williams got 20% of the live gate and 14% of the ancillary rights. The remainder was divided among the Astrodome and the promoter.
- Ali was a 5 to 1 favorite.
- "The Ali Shuffle" was introduced during this fight.
- Williams was knocked down three times in the second round and once in the third.
- Many consider this to be Ali's best performance. Broadcaster Howard Cosell told author Thomas Hauser: "The greatest Ali ever was as a fighter was against Williams. That night, he was the most devastating fighter who ever lived."
- Mike Tyson, in an interview with Arsenio Hall, said this was his favorite Ali fight. "It's Ali at his best," Tyson said.
- The Ring: Boxing The 20th Century stated: "Ali's jab had never been as blinding; his feet had never seemed so light; his combinations had never flowed so effortlessly. At age 24, he was 27-0 (22), and peaking. It was time to freeze the moment for the time capsule."