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On This Day: Muhammad Ali fails to hear the final bell for the only time

Surely now the old maestro Muhammad Ali has climbed his mountain, said the brilliant Harry Mullan from ringside in 1980.
Muhammad Ali vs Larry Holmes  |  The Courier Journal/USA Today Sports

AFTER 20 years spent achieving the apparently impossible, Muhammad Ali has finally run out of miracles.

The old maestro, bidding to become world heavyweight champion for an unprecedented and unattainable fourth time, was pounded into a humiliating corner retirement at the end of 10 one-sided rounds against his former sparmate Larry Holmes in Las Vegas on October 2, 1980.

The greatest career in the history of sport closed with undignified scuffle between trainer Angelo Dundee, who wanted to save his man further indignation, and long-time acolyte Bundini Brown, who was pleading for “just one more round”.

 

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