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Ernie Terrell boxer

Ernie Terrell image
Status inactive
Age 75
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 6″/198cm
Reach 82″/208cm
Debut 1957-05-15
Born 1939-04-04
Death 2014-12-16
Nationality USA
Residence Chicago, Illinois, USA
bouts
55
won
46
lost
9
draw
0
bouts
55
won
46
lost
9
draw
0
Status inactive
Age 75
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 6″/198cm
Reach 82″/208cm
Debut 1957-05-15
Born 1939-04-04
Death 2014-12-16
Nationality USA
Residence Chicago, Illinois, USA

In his early career, Terrell defeated some good contenders, including Cleveland Williams (Terrell won the rematch by decision after losing to Williams in their first fight by knockout), Zora Folley, and future Light Heavyweight champion Bob Foster. But he is best remembered for his fight with World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, on February 6, 1967—a bout in which he was badly beaten.Ali was scheduled to fight World Boxing Association champion Ernie Terrell (the WBA stripped Ali of his title after his agreement to fight a rematch with Liston) on March 29, but Terrell backed out and Ali won a 15-round decision against substitute opponent George Chuvalo. The World Boxing Association matched Terrell and Eddie Machen for the vacant crown. Terrell defeated Machen to win the belt on March 5, 1965. He held it until February 6, 1967 when he lost to Muhammad Ali. During this time, most in the boxing world continued to recognize Ali as the legitimate champion, since he had not lost his championship in a boxing match. The WBA's rival, the World Boxing Council, had also continued to recognize Ali as champion.

In his early career, Terrell defeated some good contenders, including Cleveland Williams (Terrell won the rematch by decision after losing to Williams in their first fight by knockout), Zora Folley, and future Light Heavyweight champion Bob Foster. But he is best remembered for his fight with World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, on February 6, 1967—a bout in which he was badly beaten.Ali was scheduled to fight World Boxing Association champion Ernie Terrell (the WBA stripped Ali of his title after his agreement to fight a rematch with Liston) on March 29, but Terrell backed out and Ali won a 15-round decision against substitute opponent George Chuvalo. The World Boxing Association matched Terrell and Eddie Machen for the vacant crown. Terrell defeated Machen to win the belt on March 5, 1965. He held it until February 6, 1967 when he lost to Muhammad Ali. During this time, most in the boxing world continued to recognize Ali as the legitimate champion, since he had not lost his championship in a boxing match. The WBA's rival, the World Boxing Council, had also continued to recognize Ali as champion.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Sept. 10, 1973 Jeff Merritt WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Technical knockout
June 23, 1973 Chuck Wepner WWLWWW Convention Hall, Atlantic City Vacant National Americas Heavyweight

LOSS
Points
Feb. 19, 1973 Bill Drover WLWLLL Spectrum, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 23, 1972 Jose Luis Garcia WWWWWW Caracas WIN
Technical knockout
July 24, 1971 Roberto Davila LLLWL Playboy Club Hotel, Lake Geneva WIN
Unanimous decision
May 10, 1971 Luis Faustino Pires WDWWLW International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
April 28, 1971 Vic Brown WWLWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
April 3, 1971 Johnny Hudgins WWLWLL Playboy Club Hotel, Lake Geneva WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 15, 1970 Sonny Moore LLDWWL Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 14, 1967 Manuel Ramos WWWWWW Estadio Azteca, Mexico City LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 5, 1967 Thad Spencer WWWLWW Astrodome, Houston LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 6, 1967 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Astrodome, Houston World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 28, 1966 Doug Jones LWWWWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 1, 1965 George Chuvalo WLWWWW Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 5, 1965 Eddie Machen WWWWWL International Amphitheatre, Chicago vacant World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 23, 1964 Henry Wallitsch WWWLWL Chase Hotel, Saint Louis WIN
Corner retirement
July 10, 1964 Bob Foster WWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
June 17, 1964 Jefferson Davis LWWDLW Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Unanimous decision
March 6, 1964 Gerhard Zech WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
July 27, 1963 Zora Folley WWWLDW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
April 13, 1963 Cleveland Williams WWDWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Split-decision
March 7, 1963 Herb Siler WLLWWW Little River Auditorium, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 5, 1963 Young Jack Johnson LLWLWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 14, 1962 Young Jack Johnson WLLWLW Coliseum, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 25, 1962 Reiniero Rey Lopez WWLWLL Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
KO
Aug. 24, 1962 Eddie Jackson LLLWLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
June 9, 1962 Amos Lincoln WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
April 3, 1962 Cleveland Williams WWWWWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston LOSS
Technical knockout
Feb. 28, 1962 Herb Siler WWWWWW Convention Center, Miami Beach WIN
Points
Dec. 4, 1961 Ernie Cab LLLWWL Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Corner retirement
May 15, 1961 Chuck Garrett WLLWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
April 17, 1961 Willie Coleman WWLWLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
Feb. 6, 1961 Ernie Cab WLLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 5, 1960 Wayne Bethea WWLLLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOSS
Split-decision
July 20, 1960 Joe Hemphill WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago vacant USA Illinois State Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 18, 1960 Frankie Daniels WLLDLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago vacant USA Illinois State Heavyweight

WIN
KO
March 30, 1960 Lee Williams WWWWWD Chicago Stadium, Chicago vacant USA Illinois State Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 6, 1960 Clay Thomas LDWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago vacant USA Illinois State Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 11, 1959 Chuck Garrett LLWLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
July 24, 1959 Tunney Hunsaker WWWWDW Freedom Hall, Louisville WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 25, 1959 Johnny Gray LLWLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Split-decision
Jan. 14, 1959 Willie Coleman WLLWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
Nov. 3, 1958 Sid Peaks WLLWWL Joe Louis Gymnasium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 7, 1958 John Hobart WWWLLL East Chicago WIN
KO
Sept. 24, 1958 Joe Hemphill WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
July 1, 1958 Billy Pickett LWWWLL Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago WIN
KO
April 30, 1958 Johnny Gray WLLWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Split-decision
March 11, 1958 Johnny Harper LWLLLW Midwest Gymnasium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 4, 1958 Emil Brtko LLWWLL Joe Louis Gymnasium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 8, 1958 Calvin Butler WLLLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
Oct. 30, 1957 Ted Poole WLWLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 21, 1957 Neal Welch LLLDLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
July 24, 1957 Ray Griggs LDL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
June 26, 1957 Andy Bond LLWLWD Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
May 15, 1957 Norman Bolden LLWD Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision