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TitleMike Barrett's International Professional Boxing Tournament with Muhammad Ali
Performance Date3 December 1974
Performance DayTuesday
Performance Time19:30
Main PerformersMuhammad Ali,
John L Gardner (Hackney),
Tony Blackburn (Wales),
Jimmy Batten (Millwall),
Brian Gregory (Doncaster),
Joe Bugner (St. Ives),
Boone Kirkman (USA),
Billy Knight (East Lane),
John Gerowski (Pennsylvania, USA),
Gary Dunks (Stepney),
Dick Goodman (Northampton),
Mark Bliss (Tottenham),
Alun Trembath (Rhondda),
Albert Hillman (Penge) - boxers
Secondary PerformersJohn Conteh,
Muhammad Ali - commentators
Set ListExhibition Rounds - Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight - John L Gardner (Hackney) v Tony Blackburn (Wales),
Light Middleweight - Jimmy Batten (Millwall) v Brian Gregory (Doncaster),
Heavyweight - Joe Bugner (St. Ives) v Boone Kirkman (USA), (replaced by Albert Lovell),
Light-Heavyweight - Billy Knight (East Lane) v John Gerowski (Pennsylvania, USA),
Light Welterweight - Gary Dunks (Stepney) v Dick Goodman (Northampton),
Featherweight - Mark Bliss (Tottenham) v Alun Trembath (Rhondda),
Light Middleweight - Albert Hillman (Penge)
Let TypeExclusive Let
Performance NotesOriginal photographs of the event are held by Mirrorpix.
Boxer Muhammad Ali was in London to attend this event. Muhammad Ali took part in a question and answer session from the ring.
Joe Bugner beat Albert Lovell (Argentina)
Billy Knight beat John Gerowski.

The event was filmed by BBC Television.

"Not even the exuberance of Muhammad Ali could save the main event at last night's Albert Hall boxing promotion from being a travesty of a sporting match. Joe Bugner's Agentine oppponent Alberto Lovell was rescued by the referee after 2 min 15 sec of the second round of a bout in which he had done little except hold like an octopus and swing like a novice. Lovell left the ring to boos and cries of 'Disgrace' from ringside spectators who had paid £10.50 for their seats.
I cannot blame Bugner, though a section of the angry public were prepared to do so. Lovell who was conceding a stone in weight and what looked like several inches in height, ducked far below his opponent's waist and held on so determindly that, in the first round, he was inadvertently pushed flat on his back by Roland Dakin the referee, as he attempted to break up a prolonged clinch."
(The Times, 4 December 1974)
Related Archival MaterialProgramme (RAHE/1/1974/170)
Handbill (RAHE/6/1974/10)
Ticket Prices£1.50-£10.50

Related Names

Ref NoTitleNumber of PerformancesEvent PromoterSponsor
Ovat_Kam_KailMike Barrett's International Professional Boxing Tournament with Muhammad Ali1Mike Barrett Promotions Ltd.