Date: 15th September 1978
Venue: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Title: WBA World Heavyweight Title
Promoted by: Top Rank
Tv: ABC Sports
( 7 - 0 - 1 )
Weight: 201 lbs
( 55 - 3 - 0 )
Weight: 221 lbs
Ali becomes the first man to win the world heavyweight title for a third time with a unanimous decision victory.
Scores: Lucien Joubert 10-4 | Ernie Cojoe 10-4 | Herman Preis 11-4.
Fought at The Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Spinks first defence of the WBA title he won 7 months earlier from Ali drew a 63,350 live gate and was seen by an estimated viewing audience of 90 million on ABC.
Spinks was stripped of the WBC belt after agreeing to face Ali in a rematch instead of his mandatory challenger Ken Norton.