ALFREDO EVANGELISTA/MUHAMMAD ALI
Capital Center, Landover, Maryland
May 16, 1977
Ali won a 15-round unanimous decision
About Alfredo Evangelista
Born December 3, 1954 in Montevideo, Uruguay
Currently resides in Spain
Career record: 61 wins (41 KO), 13 defeats (4 KO), 4 draws
Evangelista turned pro in 1975 with a first round TKO over Angelo Visini. Some speculate it was too soon for him to climb into the ring with Ali two years later in a battle for the World Heavyweight Championship, one that Ali won unanimously by decision. Evangelista lost another title bout the following year when Larry Holmes knocked him out in the seventh round for the World Boxing Council title. Evangelista was so badly out of shape when he fought Arthur Wright in 1988, that the Spanish Federation revoked his license and he never fought again.
Evangelista was arrested for drug possession in 1989, and after his release from prison, worked as a bouncer in a nightclub. He continued to have problems with the law, and was sentenced to eight years prison time for drug dealing. Released after five years, Evangelista became a house painter and a law-abiding citizen of Spain. He recently reunited with his brother Lindbergh after thirty years apart.