Today in History: Muhammad Ali vs Earnie Shavers

September 29 marks the 39th anniversary of Muhammad Ali vs Earnie Shavers. The bout is viewed as one of the greatest in boxing history and was the last time Muhammad Ali would successfully defend the heavyweight championship. His opponent Earnie Shavers, aka the “Acorn” as dubbed by Ali, was forecasted to be the demise of “The Greatest.”

Ali ultimately won the 15 round bout, but didn’t leave unscathed. After originally mocking the “Acorn” by rubbing his head, Ali took a hard shot and stated, “Shavers hit me so hard, it shook my kin folk in Africa.”

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