Muhammad Ali wins 3rd heavyweight championship, Sept. 15, 1978
This week in 1978, boxing champion Muhammad Ali defeated 25-year-old Leon Spinks at the New Orleans Superdome to become the first pugilist to capture the heavyweight title three times. The 36-year-old Ali retired nine months after the historic win but came out of retirement in 1980 in an unsuccessful bid to regain the title a fourth time.
“There was one more dance left in the old man’s legs,” wrote Associated Press reporter Will Grimsley in an article published Sept. 16, 1978, in the Brandon Sun of Brandon, Manitoba. “The butterfly of another spring sprouted new wings and Muhammad Ali carved a golden wreath around the most fabulous era in boxing.”
Read more about Muhammad Ali’s landmark boxing matches
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Nearly a full page of The Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 30, 1974, recounts the ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ Ali’s knockout defeat of George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. George going down