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This Day in Georgia History

October 26, 1970

Ali Returned to Boxing in Atlanta

In Atlanta, Muhammad Ali returned from three years of forced retirement from boxing for conviction of draft evasion arising from his refusal to serve in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs. Although his conviction was on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, most states boxing commissions refused to license Ali to fight. Through the efforts of state senator Leroy Johnson, the fight was held in Georgia, which at the time had no state boxing commission. Ali beat Quarry by a technical knockout in the third round.