Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo (2nd meeting)
1972-05-01 : Muhammad Ali 217½ lbs beat George Chuvalo 221 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Referee: Dave Brown 59-51
- Judge: Tommy Paonessa 60-46
- Judge: Tommy Keyes 58-51
Ali predicted he would drop Chuvalo, who had never been knocked down.
The pattern of the fight was established in round one when a right uppercut from Ali landed flush and Chuvalo barely blinked.
After absorbing a big right cross in round five, Ali stood stationary in a corner for about a minute and dared Chuvalo to hit him.
In the sixth round, Ali let fly with everything in his arsenal. He jolted Chuvalo with a series of combinations, but Chuvalo was going nowhere.
Ali won by a lopsided decision, but he never came close to putting Chuvalo down. In ninety-three professionals fights, Chuvalo was never knocked off his feet.
- "I'm not gonna let it be said there was ever a heavyweight that didn't fall. They have pictures showing my heels. Jack Johnson fell, Jack Dempsey fell, Sugar Ray Robinson fell, Joe Frazier fell, and George Chuvalo is gonna fall." - Muhammad Ali
- "I'm a better fighter than I was in 1966 and he's not as good a fighter as he was then." - George Chuvalo
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