Round 1- Ali comes out using his quick jab. Ali is circling
the ring and moving away, a Shavers right glances Ali's jaw, but Shavers
is unable to get close enough this round.
Ali's Round- 10-9
Round 2- Ali flurrying to Shavers head, but missing most of his punches. Ali is shaken by a Shavers right, and acts like it doesn't hurt, but he was wobbled. Shavers hit Ali with a nice right and follows with a good left and another right. Shavers Round- 10-9 (19-19) even
Round 3- Ali comes out circling, Shavers misses with a
big right. Shavers lands a glancing blow, Shavers with a left. Ali not
doing much. The action was very slow this round, Ali is wary of Shavers
Even Round- 10-10 (29-29) even
Round 4- Shavers lands well with a right, Ali not doing
much again. Good jab from Shavers, followed by a
huge right from Shavers. Shavers with another big right ends the round.
Ali is shaken.
Shavers Round- 10-9 (39-38) Shavers
Round 5- Ali on his bicycle again
and jabbing well. Ali winning the round with the use of his jab and straight
rights. Shavers not able to get close enough to land any of his shots this
Ali's Round- 10-9 (48-48) even
Round 6- Shavers opens with a good shot to Ali's body. Not much action this round as the pace really slows down. Both fighters are trying to conserve energy. Shavers has Ali against the ropes and is landing pretty well to end the round. Shavers Round- 10-9 (58-57) Shavers
Round 7- Shavers with a huge right buckles Ali's legs. Earnie lands another right hand. Shavers lands a jab then a right. Ali turns Shavers and opens up on him against the ropes. Ali is trying to steal the round. Shavers ends the round with a good body shot. Even Round- 10-10 (68-67) Shavers
Round 8- Shavers lands pitty pat
punches as Ali covers up. Ali not throwing many punches, he tries to throw
a flurry but stops quickly. Shavers much busier this round, though teeing
blows were landed.
Shavers Round- 10-9 (78-76) Shavers
Round 9- Shavers throwing short
little punches and controlling the action. Shavers lands a right, and Ali
counters with a mini flurry that does little damage. Ali did nothing this
round except throw one combination that makes it an even round because
Shavers wasn't real busy either.
Even Round- 10-10 (88-86) Shavers
Round 10- Shavers with a good right to Ali's head, Ali is on his bicycle, and is countering well while moving back. Shavers lands a good right but is taking more then he is giving this round. Ali lands another good left. Ali's Round- 10-9 (97-96) Shavers
Round 11- Ali lands a little right
hand and Shavers counters with one. Shavers pressing forward and lands
a couple punches. Ali comes back with a good last 30 seconds to pull him
out the round.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (106-106) even
Round 12- Ali flicking his jab and moving well, Shavers seems to be slowing down. The two fighters exchange blows in the center of the ring. Shavers with a nice right and Ali counters with a good combination. Ali's Round- 10-9 (116-115) Ali
Round 13- Shavers with a colossal right to Ali's jaw. Ali trying to move away fast. Shavers lands another right and then another while Ali tries to move away. Ali is stunned a little from that first right hand. Shavers is effective this round. Shavers Round 10-9 (125-125) even
Round 14- Shavers bulling forward, Ali is moving back still but jabbing well. Shavers pushing forward well this round and landing great shots. Huge rights from Shavers and Ali is really hurt and trying to hold. Shavers is going for broke. Shavers 10-9 (135-134) Shavers
Round 15- Shavers comes out of his corner in a rush and lands another right and rocks Ali. Ali is trying to fight back but is till getting hit. Ali lands a punishing sneaky straight right and Shavers is hurt real bad. Ali is moving forward trying to finish it, great action. The bell rings saving Shavers who was close to going down. Ali 10-9 (144-144) A Draw is my Decision.
Judges Decision in rounds- 9-6 Ali
9-5-1 Ali unanimous decision Muhammad Ali.
Ali-U Dec 12
This decision was very strange to me. Shavers clearly won 5 or 6 rounds and that means the judges gave every close round to Ali. This really shouldn't surprise me though because by this time in his career he was given those rounds before the fight. Shavers really could have gotten this decision, and the crowd booed when the scoring was finished. Earnie Shavers would have another title shot later in his career and also would have a couple more super fights. Muhammad Ali was near the end of his career and would lose his next fight to Olympic Champion Leon Spinks before getting it back in a marvelous performance. This was in all reality the end of the indestructible Ali.