Boxing Vale Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay

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The problem with Marciano is that there are so many better, both in his own style, and in fighters that could counter him.

Very fortunate to have fought when he did, from a legacy perspective.

his career is tainted with his involvement with the 'mob' and some of the good fighters around his time which he never fought.
 

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A great boxer who also did some great things outside the ring. Very sad.
 

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Nonsense. It's just our parochial bias because he played a sport we've grown up with.
He said statistically. Bradman is more standard deviations above his rivals than any of the other usually cited contenders for the greatest in any other sport.
 

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He said statistically. Bradman is more standard deviations above his rivals than any of the other usually cited contenders for the greatest in any other sport.

Ali is the only three time lineal champ in heavyweight history.

No that it REALLY matters, statistics are almost irrelevant in boxing. It's very much a 'feel' rating, as opposed to cricket which is heavily statistics driven.
 

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Ali is the only three time lineal champ in heavyweight history.

No that it REALLY matters, statistics are almost irrelevant in boxing. It's very much a 'feel' rating, as opposed to cricket which is heavily statistics driven.
'Three time lineal champ' is not a statistical measure.
 

Jade

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'Three time lineal champ' is not a statistical measure.

Of course it is.

No. Times Lineal Champ:

Muhammad Ali: 3
George Foreman: 2
Floyd Patterson: 2
et al

Like all statistics, you need context to interpret it, but it is a statistical measure, make no mistake.
 

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I just finished watching the Ken Burns doco series on him. Fantastic


what I didn't know about Ali, was he was backed by the syndicate of white wealthy businessmen to keep him out of reach of the mafia/ underworld. Especially given the journey Sonny Liston travelled and endured.

great doco
 

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what I didn't know about Ali, was he was backed by the syndicate of white wealthy businessmen to keep him out of reach of the mafia/ underworld. Especially given the journey Sonny Liston travelled and endured.

great doco

Yeah it was a beauty. Glad that they covered how many fights he actually had, how active he was after getting his license back (his 75-77 schedule was pretty hectic all things considered), and how he really was "past it" following the third Frazier fight.
 

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Yeah it was a beauty. Glad that they covered how many fights he actually had, how active he was after getting his license back (his 75-77 schedule was pretty hectic all things considered), and how he really was "past it" following the third Frazier fight.
His fight doctor ( Ferdie Pachedo) said numerous times Ali was pretty much shot by 1975 , by 77-78 he was even showing signs of Parkinsons.

Muhammad and Larry on 30 for 30 is a tough watch but shows how poor he was physically .
Couldnt even do speedball at that stage , skipping was poor and heavybag work looked like he was stiff .
How they let him fight is beyond belief .
 

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