Muhammad Ali vs. Karl Mildenberger

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Ali lands a right against Mildenberger

1966-09-10 : Muhammad Ali 204¼ lbs beat Karl Mildenberger 195 lbs by TKO at 1:30 in round 12 of 15


  • This was the first heavyweight title bout ever held in Germany.
  • Ali and Mildenberger wore six-ounce British gloves.
  • Mildenberger was the first southpaw to fight for the World Heavyweight Title.
  • Questioned in 1973, Ali said that Mildenberger, not Frazier, was his most difficult opponent to date.
  • Introduced in the ring prior to the bout were former Heavyweight Champions Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, and Ingemar Johansson.
  • Mildenberger's left eye was badly cut in the sixth round and almost completely closed by the eighth round.
  • Mildenberger was knocked down in rounds five, eight, and ten.
  • Referee Teddy Waltham of Britain stopped the bout at 1:28 of the 12th round to protect Mildenberger from further punishment.