On this day, a 24-year-old, Muhammad Ali traveled overseas to defeat Brian London, in London, England.
Ali was simply the better of the two from skill to physical gifts, Ali was vastly superior, which was also seen by the result, a third-round knockout In terms of money, Ali was guaranteed a purse of $252,000, as well as a part of the TV revenue, which lured him over to the United Kingdom for the bout. London pulled in $112,000.
Ali also entered the fight a whooping fifteen-to-one favorite, but despite this, a crowd of roughly 13,000 spectators showed up to see Ali.
Despite being a professional bout, it almost looked like an exhibition as moved effortlessly around the ring, and London struggled to do much. London seemingly was counting on landing one big punch, and that was a tall ask. The fight ended with a twelve-punch combination that was vintage Ali. One of the final punches dropped London who didn't get up.
After his career, London would later reflect on the observation we all saw that the physical gifts of Ali and himself were just vastly different. Despite giving his best effort, he was vastly outgunned.
A notable fact, this was Ali's last fight under his managerial contract with the Louisville Sponsoring Group. After concluding this bout, Ali, found a new manager, Herbert Muhammad. This management change signaled a change from the beginning of Ali's career toward the more memorable middle period in which he fought in some of the greatest heavyweight fights ever.