After Muhammad Ali was awarded the decision victory over Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium in September 1976,
he took a much needed vacation, overseas to Europe.
In October of 1976, while in Istanbul, Turkey, Muhammad Ali announced his temporary
retirement from boxing.
At the same time, Teddy Brenner and MSG (Madison Square Garden)
were attemting to stage a bout between then unbeaten 'White Hope'
Duane Bobick and the champion.
Madison Square Garden was attemting to get an agreement and signed contracts to stage a fight
in early-March at the famed arena.
In the meantime, Teddy Brenner was also in contact with Ken Norton,
hoping that if the Ali vs. Bobick championship bout fell through,
Norton would sign on to fight Bobick for the vacant championship.