Muhammad Ali vs. Ernie Terrell

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Terrell covers up against Ali

1967-02-06 : Muhammad Ali 212¼ lbs beat Ernie Terrell 212½ lbs by UD in round 15 of 15

Notes

  • A crowd of 37,321 attended the fight at the Astrodome.
  • The live gate was $400,145.
  • Ali received 50 percent of the live gate and ancillary rights, which included closed circuit TV and radio. Terrell got 20% of the live gate and 17½ percent of the ancillary rights. Ali earned about $600,000, and Terrell made about $210,000.
  • Terrell angered Ali before the fight by refusing to call him by his Muslim name, calling him Cassius Clay instead. Ali vowed that he would give Terrell a humiliating beating.
  • Ali dominated Terrell from start to finish. In the eighth round, Ali started taunting Terrell, asking repeatedly, "What's my name?"
  • Ali successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship for the eighth time and regained the WBA title, which had been stripped from him in 1964 after he agreed to a rematch with Sonny Liston in violation of the WBA's rule against return title bouts.

Pre-Fight Exchange

  • "Why don't you call me my name, man?" - Muhammad Ali
  • "Well, what's your name? You told me it was Cassius Clay." - Ernie Terrell
  • "I never told you my name is Cassius Clay. My name is Muhammad Ali and you will announce it right there in the center of that ring after the fight, if you don't do it now. You are acting just like an old Uncle Tom, another Floyd Patterson. I'm gonna punish you!" - Muhammad Ali

Newspaper Articles

  • The Miami News - February 4, 1967 [1]
  • Associated Press - February 7, 1967 [2]