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43 years ago

Muhammad Ali vs Earnie Shavers

Muhammad Ali vs Earnie Shavers

Date: 29th September 1977

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

Title: WBC & WBA World Heavyweight Titles

Tv: NBC Sports

Muhammad Ali
( 54 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 225 lbs

Earnie Shavers
( 54 - 5 - 1 )
Weight: 211 1/4 lbs


In the 10th defence of his second reign as world heavyweight champion, Ali faced Earnie Shavers at Madison Square Garden, New York and came up with the last great performance of his career, scoring a unanimous decision over the 15 round championship distance.

Scores: Johnny LoBianco 9-5 | Tony Castellano 9-6 | Eva Shain 9-6.

Shavers, from Warren, Ohio is regarded by many as the hardest hitting heavyweight in boxing history.

Dubbed by Ali as "The Acorn" due to his bald dome, Shavers tested Ali's chin on numerous occasions during the fight, leaving Ali stating afterwards "Earnie hit me so hard, he shook my kinfolk back in Africa!"