The heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and Hoe Bugner is all over but the talking, and in both cases Ali is still the Champion.
The heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and Hoe Bugner is all over but the talking, and in both cases Ali is still the Champion. The American title holder disposed of his British challenger in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday (1 July) in a 15 round decision.
There were no knockdowns, but both judges and the referee made Ali the overwhelming winner. the 33-year-old Champion took the 104-degree-fahrenheit temperature in his stride and kept up a drum beat of left hooks on his opponent.
Although 25-year-old Bugner fought gamely and tried desperately to land a knockout punch, he was outgunned and lated admitted Ali's experience and the weather were too much for him... although he said he was confident he would the title some day.
On that subject even Ali agreed, calling Bugner "the greatest after me."
Their remarks came shortly after the fight at a news conference. Ali also disposed of his own suggestion that he might retire after this fight by promising to fight Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and George Foreman before he steps out of the ring. The Frazier- Ali fight has already been set for 1 October, 1975 in Manila, Philippines.