On This Day: Ali beats long-time friend Ellis

Sport360 staff 15:00 26/07/2016
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The Greatest: Ali

Four weeks after the United States Supreme Court overturned Muhammad Ali’s 1967 conviction for draft evasion, the world’s greatest boxer won his first title since returning to boxing after being stripped of his world heavyweight crown four years earlier, for refusing, on religious grounds, to be drafted into the US Army.

He beat his fellow Louisvillian Jimmy Ellis at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, for the North American belt. Ali and Ellis came up together as amateurs in Louisville, and they later trained and sparred together in Miami.

Their match-up was dubbed “The Inevitable Fight” due to their long history together and Ali won on a 12th-round technical knockout.

OTHER MEMORABLE EVENTS ON THIS DAY

1987: Stephen Roche became the first Irishman to win the Tour de France and only the second winner from outside continental Europe.

2004: Ashley Giles claimed his first five-wicket Test haul on home soil as England completed a 210-run win
over West Indies in the first Test at Lord’s.

2009: Alberto Contador won the Tour de France, with Andy Schleck second and Lance Armstrong third.

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1966: Tony Rea, Australian former rugby league player who currently coaches London Broncos (50).

1971: Tracy Murray, retired basketball player who is current assistant coach at the Los Angeles Lakers (45).

1973: Kevin Phillips, prolific former Sunderland striker who won eight caps for England (43).

1986: Hulk, Brazil striker who has recently moved to Shanghai SIPG for an Asian record €55.8 million (30).

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Top Drog: When Didier returned to Chelsea

Didier Drogba left Chelsea as a legend in 2012, equalising at the death in that season’s Champions League final and then scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout to defeat Bayern Munich. But when the club came calling again on this day two years ago, the then 36-year-old Ivory Coast legend could not turn them down.

This was an emotionally-charged move for serving manager Jose Mourinho, reuniting him with the player who had played such a key role as the pair swept all before them a decade previously.

The double act would prove golden once again, with the 2014/15 Premier League title ending up at Stamford Bridge ahead of Drogba’s departure to Montreal Impact that summer.

OTHER MEMORABLE EVENTS ON THIS DAY

1914: WG Grace scored 69 not out for Eltham against Grove Park in his last cricket match, aged 66.

1981: Anti-apartheid protesters force rugby union game between New Zealand and South Africa to be cancelled after invading pitch.

1992: A record 172 nations were represented at the Barcelona Olympics.

2007: Wigan docked four points for breaching Super League salary cap.

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