“What’s My Name?”

“What’s My Name?”

It’s still regarded as one of the most brutal exhibitions in the history of boxing. February 6, 1967. Muhammad Ali vs Ernie Terrell for the WBA and WBC heavyweight championship of the world. The challenger seemed to seal his fate during the lead up to the clash, irritating the champion by referring to him by his given name, Cassius Clay. When the fight started, Ali quickly assumed control, using his hand speed and footwork to pummel Terrell at will. As the bout progressed, it became apparent that Ali was content to punish his foe, repeatedly taunting him with shouts of “What’s my name?” The fight went the distance, with Ali easily winning via unanimous decision. Years later, Terrell admitted that, toward the end of their fight, he called Ali by his preferred name.

 

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