RUDI LUBBERS/MUHAMMAD ALI
Senyan Stadium, Jakarta, Malaysia
October 20, 1973
Ali won a 12-round unanimous decision
About Rudi Lubbers
Born August 17, 1945 in the Netherlands
Currently resides in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
Career record: 28 wins (13 KO), 8 defeats (4 KO)
Lubbers competed in the 1964 Olympics as a light heavyweight and in the 1968 Olympics as a heavyweight, but he is best remembered for going the distance with Muhammad Ali. The eight-time Netherlands champion was outmatched by Ali in a rather unremarkable bout, and Ali won the decision easily. Lubbers was arrested for drug smuggling in 1986 and spent eight years in prison. In 2009, The Times reported that "Lubbers hit the rocks" and was living in a shabby trailer park in the Netherlands.
Just a few months later, Lubbers helped present the Para Games and gave an emotional speech. He said he was proud of who he is, that he's living comfortably in a home in Belgium, and he is writing a book about his life and career as a pro boxer.