Richard Dunn former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion and former Muhammad Ali opponent SIGNED black & white promotional 6" x 4" photo.
Condition fair (shows ageing and small stains throughout also light horizontal crease)
Richard Dunn born January 19, 1945 in Leeds, West Yorkshire who unsuccessfully fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title in 1976.
A southpaw, Dunn's career started off badly with a first round defeat on his debut against Danny McAlinden in July 1969.
However, by May 1973 Dunn was beating Billy Aird on points in an eliminator for the British Heavyweight Championship at Grosvenor House in London. He lost the final eliminator against Bunny Johnson in October after a tenth round knockout at the King's Hall in Manchester. However, when he faced the same opponent at the Empire Pool at Wembley for both the British and Commonwealth titles in September 1975, he prevailed on points after 15 rounds.
He made his first defence against McAlindon just two months later. However, this time it was Dunn that won with a knockout after McAlinden went down three times in the second round.
After winning the vacant European Heavyweight title against Bernd August with a third round TKO in April 1976, he was given the chance of fighting for the WBC and WBA titles against Ali in Munich.
Dunn is the only Yorkshireman ever to fight Ali, who knocked him out 2:05 minutes into the fifth round; this was to be the last knockout Ali achieved. Although he was seriously overmatched, many British fans have said that Dunn made one of the most courageous showings of any British fighter when he faced Ali.
He lost his next fight to Joe Bugner, surrendering all his titles in a first round knockout and retired after his next fight, a fifth round defeat to Kallie Knoetze in the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg.
A sports centre is named after Dunn in his home town of Bradford in honour of his achievements. Richard Dunn is now retired and living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.