History | Dec 07 2017

On This Day: Muhammad Ali halts robust Oscar Bonavena in 15th round

Muhammad Ali has tough time with Oscar Bonavena on December 7, 1970, writes Matt Bevan
Muhammad Ali

ARGENTINIAN Oscar Bonavena is certainly one of boxing’s more colourful characters, with his life outside the ring perhaps being more memorable than his career in it. He never won the world title, but gave everyone he fought a tough night, including on this day in 1970, “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali.

Ali, for whom this was the second fight back following his three year layoff, and claimed to the media that Bonavena would “be mine in nine” and he entered the fight as the 6-1 favourite to claim the NABF heavyweight title, and secure himself a big fight with heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

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