RARE Muhammad Ali vs Karl Mildenberger Official Onsite Poster

RARE Muhammad Ali vs Karl Mildenberger Official Onsite Poster

RARE Muhammad Ali vs Karl Mildenberger official on-site poster, 10th September 1966, Waldstadion/Radrennbahn, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany. Measuring 33" x 23".

Condition mint - This is a very rare poster and I have only ever come across one other.

Ali W TKO 12

European champion Karl Mildenberger opposed Ali in Germany's first ever World heavyweight title bout. In an unexpectedly tough contest Mildenberger put up stubborn resistance for 12 rounds before being rescued by referee Teddy Waltham as Ali hammered him about the head.

Ali's hectic European schedule had possibly caught up with him for he produced a disappointing performance against a modest opponent previously not renowned for his durability.

Mildenberger's southpaw stance did not help Ali's cause and it wasn't until the 4th that his obvious superiority first asserted itself when he cut the challenger's eye with a series of lefts and rights. At the end of the 5th a right dropped Mildenberger momentarily and by the 6th Ali looked totally dominant as he landed almost at will on his bleeding opponent. The 10-1 underdog held his own in the 7th but in the following round Ali was once more in command and the German was down again, this time from a lightining right hand left hook combination.

Mildenberger surprisingly rallied in the 9th and took the fight to Ali with such resolution that all 3 officials awarded him the session. The Champion swarmed all over his game challenger during the 10th and decked him with a solid right cross. A determined Ali succeeded in ending the bout in the 12th, Mildenberger had clearly taken enough and was propped helpless against the ropes when, after 1 minute & 30 seconds of the round, Waltham indicated that the contest was over.

Ali was well ahead at the end but the scores did not reflect the German's contribution. Although the champion never looked like losing Mildenberger's determined display resulted in a far more even fight than had been envisaged.

* Ali's sixth defence of his title.

* The first heavyweight title bout ever held in Germany.

* They wore six-ounce British gloves.

* Mildenberger was the first southpaw to fight for the Heavyweight World Title.

* Introduced in the ring prior to the bout were former Heavyweight Champions Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, and Ingemar Johansson.

* Mildenberger's left eye was badly cut in the sixth round and almost completely closed by the eighth round.

* Mildenberger was knocked down in the eighth round, and at about 2:50 of the tenth.

* Referee Teddy Waltham of Britain stopped the bout at 1:28 of the 12th round to protect Mildenberger from further punishment.

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Muhammad Ali vs Karl Mildenberger

The self-proclaimed "Greatest of All Time," Ali had a pretty good idea of what he was talking about. He became the first man to win the heavyweight title three times and revolutionized the sport by introducing a style that went against many of the game's sacred teachings.

As Cassius Clay, he won a light heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and began his ascent to the heavyweight crown. On the way up he beat Billy Daniels, Archie Moore, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper.

In 1964, he challenged the seemingly indomitable Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title. A significant underdog, Clay indeed "Shocked the World" by forcing Liston to retire on his stool after the sixth round. After the fight Clay announced that he accepted the teachings of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

Ali was both arrogant and charismatic and generated a wide range of emotions from those who loved him and hated him.

He often predicted the round in which he would win and wrote poetry describing how he would defeat opponents. So talented and so fast was Ali, that he was able to box while holding his left hand by his side and often pulled straight back to avoid punches, two of the game's cardinal sins. Nonetheless, he employed the best jab in boxing and had handspeed comparable to a welterweight.

Then in 1967, Ali, citing his religous beliefs, refused induction into the U.S. Army. He was arrested, had his boxing license suspended and stripped of the heavyweight title. He was inactive from March 22, 1967 to October 26, 1970, which many feel were his peak years.

With Ali gone, Joe Frazier tore through the division and earned the title of heavyweight champion. Ali returned in 1970 with wins over Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena, setting up a showdown between Ali and Frazier.

Both men were unbeaten and while Frazier earned his heavyweight title in the ring, Ali proclaimed himself the peoples' champion and that Frazier must beat him to become undisptuted king of the division. He did just that. In what is still called "The Fight of the Century," Frazier dropped Ali in the 15th round and won a unanimous decision.

Ali regained the heavyweight crown in 1974 much the way he initially captured the title, by slaying a giant. George Foreman was considered invincible and the 32-year-old Ali was given little chance to beat him. The fight was held in Kinsasha, Zaire and Ali employed the now famous Rope-A-Dope to tire Foreman out before stopping him in the eighth round.

Ali successfully defended the title against a host of contenders, including the final fights of his trilogies with Frazier and Ken Norton. Finally, in 1978, Olympic gold medallist Leon Spinks, participating in just his eighth pro fight, upset Ali to win the title.

However, Ali made history six months later when he defeated Spinks in a rematch to capture the crown a third time.

Far past his prime, Ali had two more fights and both ended in defeat. He was stopped by Larry Holmes, a former sparring partner and then the WBC heavyweight champion, in 1980 and lost a 10-round decision to future champ Trevor Berbick in 1981.

Karl Mildenberger (born Kaiserslautern, 23 November 1937) is a retired German heavyweight. He was the European Heavyweight Champion from 1964 to 1968 (retained the Title 6 times). Mildenberger fought Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight Title in September 1966. Mildenberger, a left-hander, frustrated the champ for most of the fight, but ultimately lost by TKO when the referee stopped the fight at 1:28 of the twelfth round following a flurry of punches by Ali.

Karl Mildenberger lost his first fight for the European Heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Dick Richardson, the Welsh boxer, in one round in April 1962. Karl rebounded with wins over Joe Erskine,Archie McBride, Joe Bygraves and a knockout win over Billy Daniels. Mildenberger then got a draw with highly ranked Zora Folley in April 1964.

Later that year Mildenberger scored a first round knockout over Sante Amonte to capture the European Heavyweight title.

He defeated Eddie Machen over ten rounds in 1966. In April 1966 Mildenberger had a five round exhibition in Sweden with former World champion Ingemar Johansson.

In 1967, Mildenberger participated in a tournament staged by the World Boxing Association to determine the new heavyweight champion after Ali was stripped of the title for refusing induction into the draft. In the first round of the tournament, he lost to Oscar Bonavena by a twelve round decision in what was proclaimed the Ring Magazine upset of the year. Mildenberger was not the same afterwards, and was knocked out by contender Leotis Martin in seven rounds (April 1968). Subsequently in September 1968 Mildenberger lost the European Heavyweigh title to Henry Cooper on an eight round disqualification.

Mildenberger was the first southpaw to fight for the Heavyweight World Title.