Muhammad Ali vs. Oscar Bonavena

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Muhammad Ali vs. Oscar Bonavena
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Date: 
Monday, December 7, 1970
Location: 
New York, NY
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
Heavyweight
Referee: 
Mark Conn

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In his second fight since returning from a three-and-a-half year layoff, Muhammad Ali takes on the rugged Oscar Bonavena for a shot at the Heavyweight Championship held by Joe Frazier. Ali taunts Bonavena during the early rounds and opens a cut under Oscar's left eye while trying to realize a ninth-round knockout prediction. As the fight appears headed the distance, Ali finally floors Bonavena with a huge left hook in the fifteenth round. Bonavena struggles to his feet but goes down twice more on left hooks, forcing Referee Mark Conn to stop the bout on the three-knockdown rule. Having become the only man to stop Bonavena, Ali looks toward a super fight with Frazier.




Fan Cards: Muhammad Ali vs. Oscar Bonavena


scorecard by PETIEROACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
138
OSCAR BONAVENA
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
128


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
133
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
135


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
137
OSCAR BONAVENA
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
129


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
137
OSCAR BONAVENA
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
129


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
136
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
130


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
137
OSCAR BONAVENA
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
129


scorecard by JTL
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
138
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
129


scorecard by CHRISTIANTHEPEARSON
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
134
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
132


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
133
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
133


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
136
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
130


scorecard by ACERBITAS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
134
OSCAR BONAVENA
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
133


Comments

rorschach's picture

Ali, doing what Ali does.

rorschach's picture

Of course, this was a decent tuneup for Frazier.

petieroach's picture

One of Ali's most fascinating fights I've seen yet.

He fought this with caution to the wind, not defensive whatsoever. Baiting Bonavena to hit him much more than usual and got caught quite a few times because of it. Up to this point I never have seen Ali fight as disinterested as he did here. He had all the advantages to stop this fight much earlier but decided to coast for much of the fight. Maybe he was just looking for rounds to get him tuned up for Frazier? Would make sense

However, despite all that this was a wide and easy win. You've got Frazier's late manager calling Ali "Clay" on commentary continuously and scoring the fight a draw. Very petty. Would be like if Eddie Hearn called Wilder's next fight and just shat on him throughout.