Muhammad Ali vs. Alejandro Lavorante

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Muhammad Ali 199 lbs beat Alejandro Lavorante 208 lbs by KO at 1:48 in round 5 of 10

  • Date: 1962-07-20
  • Location: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Referee: Tommy Hart

A crowd of 11,000 at the Sports Arena paid $64,000 to see Clay knockout Lavorante in the fifth round, just as he predicted. Clay had Lavorante badly hurt and almost out in the second round. "I didn't hold back that round, I just didn't go all out," Clay said. "I wanted to make my prediction come true." Clay knocked Lavorante down twice in the fifth round. After the second knockdown, the referee stopped the fight.

In his previous fight, Lavorante had been knocked out by Archie Moore and carried out of the ring on a stretcher. Two months after losing to Clay, Lavorante fought John Riggins and was knocked out in the sixth round. Lavorante lapsed into a coma and eventually died from the injuries he sustained in the fight.