Muhammad Ali vs. Karl Mildenberger

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Challenger rankings
Last Rankings Min. 2 Mth Old
WBA 6 06.1966
Next-To-Last Rankings Min. 3 Mth Old
WBA 5 04.1966

Muhammad Ali 204 lbs beat Karl Mildenberger 195 lbs by TKO at 1:30 in round 12 of 15

Ali lands a right against Mildenberger


  • 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.