Muhammad Ali’s Last Fight December 11, 1981 – Loses to Berbick

Muhammad Ali’s Last Fight December 11, 1981 – Loses to Berbick

 

  • Trevor Berbick 218 lbs
  • Muhammad Ali 236¼ lbs
  • UD in round 10 of 10
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas
  • Referee: Zach Clayton
  • Judge: Alonzo Butler 97-94
  • Judge: Jay Edson 99-94
  • Judge: Clyde Gray 99-94

 

Notes

Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick was billed as “Drama in Bahama.”

The undercard featured Thomas Hearns vs. Ernie Singletary, Greg Page vs. Scott LeDoux, Earnie Shavers vs. Jeff Sims, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad vs. Michael Hardin, and Pete McIntyre vs. Mike Fisher.

Ali said he wanted to fight WBA heavyweight champion Mike Weaver. “I should beat Berbick easy just moving and sticking,” he said. “Then I’ll beat Weaver, and then I’ll probably quit. To beat Weaver at age 40 and be champion a fourth time and then retire would be all right.”

Berbick entered the fight as the Canadian and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, as well as the WBA’s fourth-ranked heavyweight contender.

According to Sports Illustrated, Ali’s purse was $1.1 million and Berbick’s was $350,000.

The fight was shown on closed circuit television and was available to about three million homes in the United States on cable television. SelecTV was in charge of worldwide sales and distribution.

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