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THEN THERE WERE SIX
Mark Kram
August 14, 1967
The bouts were good and honest in Houston's Astrodome as Jimmy Ellis and Thad Spencer became the first winners in the elimination tournament to pick a successor to a morose and fatalistic Muhammad Ali
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August 14, 1967

Then There Were Six

The bouts were good and honest in Houston's Astrodome as Jimmy Ellis and Thad Spencer became the first winners in the elimination tournament to pick a successor to a morose and fatalistic Muhammad Ali

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"I'm tired of ham and eggs," said Spencer during a press conference before the fight. "I'm gonna have me some steak from now on." "Yeah," said Terrell, "he can have steak. He can come over to my house for it after he loses. Who is Thad Spencer, anyway?"

"Ha," said Spencer after the fight. "Who is Ernie Terrell? Where is Ernie Terrell now?"

The answer to that was not difficult. He was out of the tournament, which, to be certain, is what was greatly desired. An unpopular fighter with the crowd, Terrell would have strangled any excitement the tournament hoped to produce. Now, thanks to three fighters who made tough, honest fights, the tournament and boxing itself have climbed a sizable step up.

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