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Muhammad Ali Record

Total Fights61
Title Wins8
Title Defenses19
Title-Fight KOs14
KO Wins37
KO Losses1
Muhammad Ali Record & Stats
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      What is Muhammad Ali's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 21 years and one month, Muhammad Ali fought 61 times with 56 wins and 5 losses.

      Ali retired from professional boxing with a record of 56-5, which included eight heavyweight world-title wins and 19 successful title defense fights. He had a 60.7% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 37 of his total 61 fights being knockout wins, 14 of which were in title fights. The only knockout loss in Ali's career was a 10th round RTD loss to Larry Holmes in a heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 10-round unanimous decision defeat to Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981.

      Some of Ali's best fights and notable victories include wins over seven Hall-of-Famers (Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Bob Foster, Floyd Patterson, Sonny Liston, and Archie Moore), Henry Cooper, Leon Spinks, and Ernie Terrell.

      61Dec 11, 198139Trevor BerbickLossUD
      60Oct 2, 198038Larry HolmesLoss *RTD10
      59Sep 15, 197836Leon SpinksWin *UD
      58Feb 15, 197836Leon SpinksLoss *SD
      57Sep 29, 197735Earnie ShaversWin *UD
      56May 16, 197735Alfredo EvangelistaWin *UD
      55Sep 28, 197634Ken NortonWin *UD
      54May 24, 197634Richard DunnWin *TKO5
      53Apr 30, 197634Jimmy YoungWin *UD
      52Feb 20, 197634Jean-Pierre CoopmanWin *KO5
      51Oct 1, 197533Joe FrazierWin *RTD14
      50Jun 30, 197533Joe BugnerWin *UD
      49May 16, 197533Ron LyleWin *TKO11
      48Mar 24, 197533Chuck WepnerWin *TKO15
      47Oct 30, 197432George ForemanWin *KO8
      46Jan 28, 197432Joe FrazierWinUD
      45Oct 20, 197331Rudie LubbersWinUD
      44Sep 10, 197331Ken NortonWinSD
      43Mar 31, 197331Ken NortonLossSD
      42Feb 14, 197331Joe BugnerWinUD
      41Nov 21, 197230Bob FosterWinKO8
      40Sep 20, 197230Floyd PattersonWinRTD7
      39Jul 19, 197230Alvin LewisWinTKO11
      38Jun 27, 197230Jerry QuarryWinTKO7
      37May 1, 197230George ChuvaloWinUD
      36Apr 1, 197230Mac FosterWinUD
      35Dec 26, 197129Jürgen BlinWinKO7
      34Nov 17, 197129Buster MathisWinUD
      33Jul 26, 197129Jimmy EllisWinTKO12
      32Mar 8, 197129Joe FrazierLoss *UD
      31Dec 7, 197028Oscar BonavenaWinTKO15
      30Oct 26, 197028Jerry QuarryWinRTD3
      29Mar 22, 196725Zora FolleyWin *KO7
      28Feb 6, 196725Ernie TerrellWin *UD
      27Nov 14, 196624Cleveland WilliamsWin *TKO3
      26Sep 10, 196624Karl MildenbergerWin *TKO12
      25Aug 6, 196624Brian LondonWin *KO3
      24May 21, 196624Henry CooperWin *TKO6
      23Mar 29, 196624George ChuvaloWin *UD
      22Nov 22, 196523Floyd PattersonWin *TKO12
      21May 25, 196523Sonny ListonWin *KO1
      20Feb 25, 196422Sonny ListonWin *RTD6
      19Jun 18, 196321Henry CooperWinTKO5
      18Mar 13, 196321Doug JonesWinUD
      17Jan 24, 196321Charlie PowellWinKO3
      16Nov 15, 196220Archie MooreWinTKO4
      15Jul 20, 196220Alejandro LavoranteWinKO5
      14May 19, 196220Billy DanielsWinTKO7
      13Apr 23, 196220George LoganWinTKO4
      12Feb 28, 196220Don WarnerWinTKO4
      11Feb 10, 196220Sonny BanksWinTKO4
      10Nov 29, 196119Willi BesmanoffWinTKO7
      9Oct 7, 196119Alex MiteffWinTKO6
      8Jul 22, 196119Alonzo JohnsonWinUD
      7Jun 26, 196119Duke SabedongWinUD
      6Apr 19, 196119LaMar ClarkWinKO2
      5Feb 21, 196119Donnie FleemanWinRTD6
      4Feb 7, 196119Jim RobinsonWinKO1
      3Jan 17, 196119Tony EspertiWinTKO3
      2Dec 27, 196018Herb SilerWinTKO4
      1Oct 29, 196018Tunney HunsakerWinUD

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Muhammad Ali (The Greatest) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. on January 17, 1942. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74 years. Ali was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 21 years — from 1960 to 1981.

      Ali made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Hunsaker at the age of 18 on October 29, 1960, defeating Hunsaker via 6 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 30 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 25 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 22 on February 25, 1964 after 19 professional fights, against Sonny Liston for the heavyweight WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Liston via 6th round RTD to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Muhammad Ali was a two-time undisputed heavyweight world champion, and won eight world titles at heavyweight. For all the details about Ali's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Ali had a total of five losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick at 39 years of age, on December 11, 1981. Ali lost the fight via 10 round unanimous decision.


      Ali had a total of 25 world-title fights, which includes winning eight world titles and 19 successful title defenses. He won 22 of these fights and lost three.

      Title Wins

      Muhammad Ali fought for heavyweight world titles in five fights and won three of these fights, two of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won eight heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Sep 15, 1978Leon SpinksHeavyweightWBA, The RingUD
      Oct 30, 1974+George ForemanHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingKO
      Feb 25, 1964+Sonny ListonHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingRTD
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Defenses

      Muhammad Ali had 20 heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won 19 of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Sep 29, 1977Earnie ShaversHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      May 16, 1977Alfredo EvangelistaHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Sep 28, 1976Ken NortonHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      May 24, 1976Richard DunnHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Apr 30, 1976Jimmy YoungHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Feb 20, 1976Jean-Pierre CoopmanHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingKO
      Oct 1, 1975Joe FrazierHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingRTD
      Jun 30, 1975Joe BugnerHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      May 16, 1975Ron LyleHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Mar 24, 1975Chuck WepnerHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Mar 22, 1967Zora FolleyHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingKO
      Feb 6, 1967Ernie TerrellHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Nov 14, 1966Cleveland WilliamsHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Sep 10, 1966Karl MildenbergerHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Aug 6, 1966Brian LondonHeavyweightWBC, The RingKO
      May 21, 1966Henry CooperHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Mar 29, 1966George ChuvaloHeavyweightWBC, The RingUD
      Nov 22, 1965Floyd PattersonHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      May 25, 1965Sonny ListonHeavyweightWBC, The RingKO

      Title Losses

      Muhammad Ali lost one world-title defense fight, and lost three titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Feb 15, 1978Leon SpinksHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingSD


      Ali fought a total of 61 times during his professional career, which includes 25 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some incredible performances in his fights. These 10 fights are the highlight of his career.

      • November 15, 1962: Muhammad Ali puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Archie Moore via 4th round TKO.

      • June 18, 1963: Muhammad Ali beats Henry Cooper via 5th round TKO.

      • February 25, 1964: Ali becomes the undisputed heavyweight world champion in his first world-title fight by beating Sonny Liston via 6th round RTD. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • May 25, 1965: Ali successfully defends the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against Sonny Liston, winning the fight via 1st round KO.

      • May 21, 1966: Ali successfully defends the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against Henry Cooper, winning the fight via 6th round TKO.

      • February 6, 1967: Ali successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Ernie Terrell, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • November 21, 1972: Muhammad Ali beats Bob Foster via 8th round KO.

      • October 30, 1974: Ali becomes the undisputed heavyweight world champion by defeating George Foreman via 8th round KO. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • October 1, 1975: Ali successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Joe Frazier, winning the fight via 14th round RTD.

      • September 15, 1978: Ali wins the WBA and The Ring heavyweight titles from Leon Spinks, by beating Spinks via 15 round unanimous decision.


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