Round 1- Ali start out with his trademark shuffle, nice
jabs early from Ali. Close early action from these two. Ellis comes in
and lands a combination near the end of the round. Close Round.
Even Round- 10-10
Round 2- Ali on his bicycle again. Solid right from Ali,
Ellis holds. Nice jabs from Ellis, but Ali is controlling the ring with
his movement. Close round but Ali more bust to steal it.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (20-19) Ali
Round 3- Ellis to the body early in the round. Stiff jabs from Ellis. Ellis with a nice hook, Ellis doing well here and wins the round. Ellis Round- 10-9 (29-29) Even
Round 4- Ali moves, the fighters exchange jabs. Ali
has Ellis stunned with some combinations. Ellis lands a good right
and Ali stops punching. Ali is more effective this round.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (39-38) Ali
Round 5- Ali on his toes and is jabbing well to start
the round. Action has slowed considerably this round. Ellis with a snapping
right, but he was still outworked again.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (49-47) Ali
Round 6- Ali and Ellis exchange jabs in the center of
the ring. Ali getting the better of it. Ellis jabbing to the body, but
Ali is more effective with his jab which wins him the round.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (59-56) Ali
Round 7- Jabs and more jabs from both fighters, Ali more
effective. Nice punches from Ali to the jaw. Ellis is being thwarted in
his attempts to move forward, he needs to start getting more busy.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (69-65) Ali
Round 8- Ellis being blocked and Ali landing well with
jabs, nice right from Ali. Ellis being outworked here. Ellis with a great
three punch combination, Ali fires back, Ellis with two left hooks to end
Even Round- 10-10 (79-75) Ali
Round 9- Ali Still outworking Ellis, Ellis nice jabs,
Ali is starting to move forward. Ellis nice left hook followed by a right.
Ellis landing well in this round. Ali with a right at the end of the round.
Ellis Round- 10-9 (88-85) Ali
Round 10- Ali moving well and landing well, nice right
by Ellis. Strong right from Ali, Ali moving forward
lands a right, Ellis is wobbled. Another good right from Ali. Good
round for Muhammad Ali.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (98-94) Ali
Round 11- Ali jabbing well, he's
starting to pick Ellis apart bit by bit. Ali snapping Ellis head back.
Ellis can't get too many punches in, he's fighting real defensively now.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (108-103) Ali
Round 12- Ali on his bicycle to start the 12th round. Ellis is staggered by a right from Ali. Ellis is trying to get away but is unsuccessful. Ellis is hurt by a right, combinations from Ali, Ellis is almost going down. Ali has Ellis defenseless on the ropes and the referee stops it. Muhammad Ali wins the fight and knocks out Jimmy Ellis in the last round. Ali-TKO 12
Muhammad Ali proved he could fight without Angelo Dundee in his corner, although it wasn't his best performance. Dundee would go on to work the rest of the fights for both fighters. Ellis had lost, but fought gamely. He was on the backside of his career, although he still had a win streak and some good fights left in him. Ali was starting to get revved up again and get closer to another title shot. It would be nearly 3 years until he got it, but he wouldn't disappoint. Ali was on the comeback trail.