Originally Posted by Senor Pepe'
Some articles stated that Muhammad Ali was worried about Duane Bobick's
style of pressure and wearing down opponents. Bobick fought inside, not outside where Muhammad Ali could dominate.
A lot of what was written in those magazines was just crap though. As a kid, I read every single one of them: World/International Boxing, Boxing Illustrated, and Ring Magazine
. I swear, some of the writers just didn't know what the hell to say, so they wrote anything in order to make deadline.
I don't believe for one single second
that Bobick could have forced his way inside against Ali...even against the faded 1977 Ali. Ali would have been able to keep the fight in center ring for much of the bout.
But Bobick probably would have finished on his feet, in his first really serious fight. The world would have considered Bobick "legit" for this reason...at least until he moved on to face to his first serious puncher.