Dwight Muhammad Qawi vs. Matthew Saad Muhammad (2nd meeting)

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Dwight Muhammad Qawi 175 lbs beat Matthew Saad Muhammad 175 lbs by TKO at 1:23 in round 6 of 15

Notes

  • After he lost the title to Qawi (then Dwight Braxton) in 1981, Saad Muhammad fired trainer Sam Solomon and replaced him with Steve Traitz.
  • The fight was billed as "The Liberty Brawl."
  • Qawi earned $400,000, and Saad Muhammad received $350,000.
  • There was a crowd of 6,871.
  • The fight was televised live on HBO.


From Sports Illustrated:

For weeks, Matthew Saad Muhammad had been assuring those who would listen that he had lost nothing in all the wars he had fought the last few years and that he would surely regain from Dwight Braxton the WBC light heavyweight title he had lost last Dec. 19. The stumpy ex-con from Camden, N.J. had pounded him remorselessly that day, finally knocking him out in the 10th round. But last Saturday night's war in Philadelphia's Spectrum was one too many for Saad Muhammad, as was painfully obvious from the first round to the sixth, when the end came, although it actually had come on that distressing December afternoon.

Braxton won every round on all three cards last week, staggered Saad Muhammad several times, bloodying his nose in the second round and then knocking him down in the third. In the sixth, Braxton jumped on him again. A left-right combination drove Saad Muhammad into the ropes, where he tried to cover, but the unrelenting Braxton unleashed punches in great fearful volleys, hooks and straight right hands.

Saad Muhammad lurched along the ropes. Braxton pursued. He buried a hook and a right to the body, then came up with a jarring left and right to the head. Saad Muhammad reeled. Another left and right drove him back, and still another sent him toppling against the ropes in Braxton's corner. Braxton pummeled him again, his short arms pumping like pistons. The suffering challenger tried to protect his head, but Braxton was in front of him and crashing punches home until referee Carlos Padilla mercifully waved him away at 1:23 of the round. He could have stopped it in the first round, for all that it mattered. [1]