RICHARD DUNN/MUHAMMAD ALI
Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
May 24, 1976
Ali won a 5th round KO
About Richard Dunn
Born January 19, 1945 in Yorkshire, England
Currently resides in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Career record: 33 wins (15 KO), 12 defeats (11 KO)
Dunn was seriously overmatched when he stepped into the ring with Muhammad Ali. In fact, he lost whenever he faced a world-class heavyweight, having been defeated by Joe Bugner, Jimmy Young and Jose Urtain among others. Dunn was knocked down five times by Ali in just five rounds, but after the fight, made his point, "I took his best shots, I'd been down five times, true. But what people forget is, I got up five times". In spite of his loss, British fans applauded his courageous performance in the ring and named a sports center after Dunn in his hometown to honor his achievements.
After the Dunn/Ali bout, Ali gave the gloves he had worn to British promoter Mickey Duff to raise funds for a fighter who had lost sight in one eye. When he gave the gloves to Duff, Ali told him to look inside. In one glove, he had written "Ali wins", in the other glove he had written "round five".
Duff lost most of his life savings in an investment that went bad and was forced to take a job on the North Sea oil rigs. In 1989, he fell forty feet from a platform and broke both his ankles. He was told he'd never walk again, but 15 months later, with the aid of crutches, he was back on his feet.