Re: Muhammad Ali vs. Duane Bobick (Signed, Sealed, But Not Delivered)
In mid-November (November 16, 1976) the negotiations for the
Ken Norton vs. Duane Bobick fight in New York hit an impasse.
With the negotiations stalled, Teddy Brenner contacted Herbert Muhammad,
and said he could arrange for an Ali versus Duane Bobick fight. After some preliminary talks,
a verbal agreement and tentative date was set.
On November 24, 1976, Teddy Brenner flew into Houston, Texas, where Muhammad
Ali was staying. Brenner brought contracts for Muhammad Ali to sign, plus
a $125,000 check from Madison Square Garden Boxing for training expenses.
An agreement with signed documents stated that the fight would take place between
February 1 and February 28, 1977.
Teddy Brenner left Houston thinking he had a Championship Fight lined up, only to
find out a few days later on November 29th, that Muhammad Ali had a press
conference, stating that he would not fight anymore, because he was tired.
With that statement, Brenner quickly moved back to a Norton vs. Bobick venue,
hoping that he could make that for the vacant Heavyweight Championship.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 03-20-2012 at 06:22 PM.