Muhammad Ali vs. Karl Mildenberger
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Muhammad Ali 204 lbs beat Karl Mildenberger 195 lbs by TKO at 1:30 in round 12 of 15
- Date: 1966-09-10
- Location: Waldstadion/Radrennbahn, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
- Referee: Teddy Waltham 7-2
- Judge: Nat Fleischer 8-3
- Judge: Felix Ohlert 6-2
- World Heavyweight Title (6th defense by Ali)
- Program Cover
- This was the first world heavyweight title bout ever held in Germany.
- Mildenberger was the first southpaw to fight for the World Heavyweight Title.
- Ali was a 10-1 favorite.
- There was a crowd of about 40,000.
- Introduced in the ring prior to the bout were former World Heavyweight Champions Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, and Ingemar Johansson.
- Ali and Mildenberger wore six-ounce British gloves.
- 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 Great Britain stopped the bout at 1:28 of the 12th round to protect Mildenberger from further punishment.
- The fight was scored by rounds. At the time of the stoppage, Referee Teddy Waltham had Ali ahead 7-2-2, and Judges Felix Ohlet and Nat Fleischer (editor of The Ring magazine) each had Ali leading 7-3-1. The Associated Press had Ali in front 9-1-1.
- One of the promoters said Ali would collect a purse of about $300,000 and Mildenberger about $100,000 of the total gross of approximately $750,000 from the gate receipts and television.
- Questioned in 1973, Ali said that Mildenberger, not Joe Frazier, was his most difficult opponent to date.