Watch: Boxing Goat Muhammad Ali’s insanely publicized 1976 MMA exhibition fight


Today we have several boxers who are widely known across the world. But when it came to boxing in the 1960s, Muhammad Ali was the only name on everyone’s lips. He is considered the greatest boxer who ever lived. Here’s how the legend’s long-awaited fight with an MMA fighter went down at the time.

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Ali was scheduled to face Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki at Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan. Billed as the War of the Worlds, the publicized fight took place on June 26, 1976. The card had another interesting fight between Chuck Wepner and Andre the Giant.

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Inoki can be seen in the video trying to hurt Ali with his legs while he was lying on the ground. This took place following a hastily agreed new rule. The long-awaited battle ended in a draw.

When Muhammad Ali knocked out a WWE Superstar without saying a word

The Louisville Lip was the most sensational athlete of his time. However, even today people remember his greatness and boxing prowess. WWE Superstar Brock Lester once revealed in an interview how Ali stunned him.

Lesnar said, “I met Ali once and all I remember when I met and shook hands with the man was that he never talked about, at that time, the illness of Parkinson had taken over But, I just remember when he reached out his hand, and he didn’t have to say anything to me, it was just, not some weird vibe, it was such a gracious handshake and it was just very, I can’t even put a word to it.

Ali’s presence alone was so charismatic that it touched Lesner in a charming way.

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When Muhammad Ali refused to fight for his country

In 1967, the boxer was called up to serve in the Vietnam War. However, he refused to enlist. Ali was therefore detained in 1970, a decision that was later overturned in 1971. The fighter even had his championship stripped without losing it.

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However, why did Ali object to this? He was of the opinion that he would not join the army of a country that did not treat its own people fairly. This was the time when the black civil rights movement was at the forefront of civil issues in America.

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