This Day In Sports History (September 15th) – Muhammad Ali
It was on this day in 1978 that Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to regain the heavyweight championship belt. The fight took place in front of a sold-out crowd at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Exactly seven months earlier, on February 15th, Spinks defeated Ali in Las Vegas, Nevada in a split decision to capture both the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. However, this time around Ali dominated Spinks and took back the WBA title for a record third time in his career. The fight would go the full 15 rounds and Ali was named the winner via unanimous decision. Less than a year after this victory, Ali announced his retirement, but returned in 1980 to face current champion Larry Holmes in an attempt to win back his title.
Ali failed in his attempt to recapture his belt, as he lost to Holmes via TKO. He would go on to fight once more, losing to Trevor Berbick to end his professional career with a very impressive 56 wins and 5 losses.
Here is an interview with Ali before the fight.
Dan Marino, NFL – Born September 15th 1961 (age 50) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jason Terry, NBA – Born September 15th 1977 (age 34) in Seattle, Washington
Patrick Marleau, NHL – Born September 15th 1979 (age 32) in Swift Current, Saskatchewan