Originally posted on Uni Watch  |  Last updated 10/25/11
Quick, who was the last boxer to score a knockdown against Muhammad Ali? Punch yourself in the nose 13 times in a row if you knew it was Chuck Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder, who sent the Greatest to the canvas — more because he was stepping on Ali’s foot than because of the body shot he was landing — during the ninth round of their 1975 title bout. (Referee Tony Perez didn’t see the inadvertent trip and ruled it a knockdown. You can see it if you skip ahead to the 4:45 mark of the video shown above.) Although Ali lost three fights over the ensuing six-plus years — to Leon Spinks, Larry Holmes, and Trevor Berbick — he was never again knocked down, so Wepner has the distinction of being the last man to have the satisfaction of watching from a neutral corner while Ali took the count. I had just turned 11 years old when that fight took place, and I remember it clearly. It was the first heavyweight title fight I’d ever seen (all the previous ones during my sports-aware lifetime had been...
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