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Important bouts in career of Muhammad Ali
Important bouts in career of Muhammad Ali:
September, 5, 1960: Wins Olympic light-heavyweight gold medal in Rome over Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland.
October, 29, 1960: Makes professional debut in his hometown of Louisville, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Tunney Hunsaker.
February, 25, 1964: Boasting a 19-0 record, wins the heavyweight title at age 22 by beating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
March 22, 1967: Wins last title before losing his titles and facing prison for refusing to be inducted into the US Army.
October, 26, 1970: Returns to the ring in Atlanta against Jerry Quarry and wins by TKO in the third round.
March, 8, 1971: Faces Joe Frazier, who had become heavyweight champ during Ali's hiatus. Ali started strong but Frazier dominated the latter part of the 15-round fight and won by unanimous decision.
March, 31, 1973: Ali's second loss is a split decision against Ken Norton, who broke Ali's jaw.
January, 28, 1974: Beats Frazier, who had lost his title to George Foreman, by unanimous decision.
October, 30, 1974: Reclaims the major boxing championships.
October, 1, 1975: Wins second rematch over Frazier.
February, 15, 1978: Loses his titles by split decision to Leon Spinks.
September, 15, 1978: Gets heavyweight title back by beating Spinks in a 15-round unanimous decision, making him the first man to reign as champion three times. He then retires.
October, 2, 1980: Attempts a comeback in a title fight, but his skills are clearly eroded. Ali's trainer stops the fight after 10 rounds, marking the only time in his career that Ali lost by anything other than a decision.
December, 11, 1981: Ali's final fight is a unanimous decision loss to Trevor Berbick.