Muhammad Ali vs. Jimmy Ellis
1971-07-26 : Muhammad Ali 220½ lbs beat Jimmy Ellis 189 lbs by TKO at 2:10 in round 12 of 12
- NABF Heavyweight Title (Vacant title)
- The NABF title had been vacated by George Foreman.
- Attendance in the Astrodome was 31,947.
- The fight was shown on closed-circuit television in about 200 locations in the United States and Canada and beamed via satellite to 34 other countries.
- Angelo Dundee worked Ellis' corner for the fight. He was Ali's trainer, but he was Ellis' trainer and manager. Working with Ellis meant a bigger share of the purse for Dundee. Ali understood completely and got Harry Wiley, who had worked with Henry Armstrong and Sugar Ray Robinson, to be his trainer for the Ellis fight.
- It was a fairly even fight for the first three rounds, but Ali took control after hurting Ellis with a right hand in the fourth round. Ellis said the right hand "hurt me so bad I couldn't really fight my best after that."
- Referee Jay Edson had Ali ahead 110-93 going into the 12th round, while judges Earl Keel and Ernie Taylor had Ali ahead 108-102 and 107-104, respectively.
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