Legend Boxer Muhammad Ali

Legend Boxer Muhammad Ali

Legend’s boxing career stretched from 1960 to 1981

Ali compiled a 56-5 win-loss record as a professional boxer and won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Muhammad Ali’s supreme dodging skill

Muhammad Ali: Trash-talking king

Muhammad Ali was probably the greatest boxer of all time, but some of his witticisms were just as entertaining and stinging as anything he did in the ring.

 

The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston : Because he’s doing it in a heavyweight championship fight against a guy who hasn’t lost a bout in 5 years

Ali’s best power punch was always the right hand counter as his opponent retracted their jab. He called it the Anchor Punch when it became the focal point of his controversial second fight with Liston (which Liston likely threw), but it had been winning Ali fights for years. He laid out Zara Foley with the same blow, and Ali’s sparring partner Jimmy Ellis made his mark timing the same counter through the heavyweight tournament to decide a champion during Ali’s exile from boxing. (fightland.vice.com)

Muhammad Ali knockout Sonny Liston in Slow Motion

The then heavyweight champion Sonny Liston was heavily favored to win his 1964 bout against the 22-year-old upstart Cassius Clay (who had not yet changed his name to Muhammad Ali).

This is what it looks like fighting against Mohammed Ali [gif]

 

 

Muhammad Ali vs Zora Folley

 

Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches in 10 seconds vs Michael Dokes

 

Ali vs Tyson

 

The Dip and the Bob

One of Ali’s greatest bad habits was punching down on his man. His success in spite of this caused the habit to become even more ingrained. Go back to Ali’s bout with the Old Mongoose, Archie Moore (who had trained Ali for a while before a falling out over doing chores at camp). Moore was well past his best and relied on his unorthodox cross guard and the habit of heavyweights and light heavyweights to get tired after a few rounds of good punching at him. They’d stand still in front of him after hitting his guard and eventually he’d crack them with a good counter. Archie could hit too, he holds the most professional knockouts of anyone in ring history and in fact lectured a young Cassius Clay of the importance of developing punch for when his feet eventually slowed down, but Clay didn’t want to hear it.O

Ali punched down on Moore, and on Joe Frazier in their three fights, relying on his length and speed to pull him out of the way when they returned. The danger of punching down at an opponent is, of course, that you are standing close enough to hit, with your hands down by your waist. Against Frazier, this resulted in plenty of moments like this:

Here an already aged Cus D’amato demonstrates the same principle in discussing a prospective match up with Joe Frazier with a young Ali. Ali’s dropping his hands for the uppercut cost him in the bout with Frazier exactly as D’amato predicted it would:

The reason Ali could do this was partly his reach advantage, but partly because both Frazier and Moore bent over at the waist to avoid punches. This worked well for them the majority of the time, but it also meant that they had to come out of the stoop to counter. You can’t advance across the ring with any rapidity while doubled over. What you will notice over and over in the Frazier is constantly advancing, except when he is bending to avoid punches.

 

Muhammad Ali Quotes

 

 

 

 

 

Muhammad Ali’s reflexes were out of this world.“He (Muhammad Ali) used to ask me to throw rocks at him. I thought he was crazy, but he’d stand back and dodge every one of them. No matter how many I threw, I could never hit him.” – Rahaman Ali (thelouisvillelip.tumblr.com)

“I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me,” declared the late Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali sits in his Chicago home, reading “Message to the Black Man,” by Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Black Muslim sect, in an undated photo. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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