BRIAN LONDON/MUHAMMAD ALI
Earls Court, London, England
August 6, 1966
Ali won 3rd round KO
About Brian London
Born June 19, 1934 in West Harlepool, England
Currently resides in Blackpool, England
Career record: 37 wins (26 KO), 20 defeats, 1 draw
"The British Bulldog", "The Blackpool Rock"
The British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion from 1958 to 1959 was one of a quartet of boxers who dominated the world of British boxing during the 1950's and 1960's (along with Henry Cooper, Joe Erskine and Dick Richardson). His professional career started strong and he won 12 consecutive rounds until Henry Cooper stopped him in May of '56. He fought for the heavyweight title a second time when he met Ali in the ring in 1966, but Ali was masterful and knocked out London in the third round. Joe Bugner ended London's career in May of 1970 by winning a TKO in the fifth round.
London's career spanned nearly two decades, but he always refers to fighting Ali as "the greatest honor of my life". He is a member of the Blackpool Sportsman's Aid Society, which raises funds for local charities in the Blackpool area.