Date: 22nd March 1967
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Title: WBC & WBA World Heavyweight Titles
Tv: RKO General and Madison Square Garden
( 28 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 211 1/2 lbs
( 74 - 7 - 4 )
Weight: 202 1/2 lbs
Ali knocked out Folley in the 7th round of their WBC & WBA World Heavyweight Title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York in front of a crowd of 13,780.
Referee Johnny LoBianco counting Folley out at 1:48 of the 7th round.
After the fight, Folley commented "There is no one around today who can beat him. I should know, I've fought them all."
Ali would not fight again for another 3 years due to his refusal to be drafted into the American Army and fight in Vietnam.
He officially retired on 1970-02-01 to allow the winner of the upcoming Joe Frazier vs Jimmy Ellis unification bout to be considered the undisputed champion.