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Muhammad Ali vs Trevor Berbick

Muhammad Ali vs Trevor Berbick

Date: 11th December 1981

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas

Title: 10 Round Heavyweight Contest

Promoted by: Sports International (Bahamas)

Tv: Closed Circuit Television

Muhammad Ali
( 56 - 4 - 0 )
Weight: 236 1/4 lbs

Trevor Berbick
( 19 - 2 - 1 )
Weight: 218 lbs

The final fight of Muhammad Ali's illustrious career, a 10 round unanimous decision loss to the 27-year-old Jamaican Trevor Berbick who had taken Larry Holmes the distance in a WBC world heavyweight title challenge 8 months earlier.

Ali accepted after this showing that he had to call time on his days in the ring saying "I think I'm too old. I was slow. I was weak. Nothing but Father Time. The things I wanted to do, I couldn't do. I was doing my best. I did good for a 39-year-old. I think I'm finished. I know it's the end. I'm not crazy. After Holmes, I had excuses. I was too light. Didn't breathe right. No excuses this time. I'm happy. I'm still pretty. I could have a black eye. Broken teeth. Split lips. I think I came out all right for an old man."

Muhammad Ali vs Trevor Berbick