Re: Muhammad Ali vs. Duane Bobick (Signed, Sealed, But Not Delivered)
I think Ali would have easily handled Bobick in 1977 and stopped him. Too many clean right hands, even from a faded Ali, would have been too much for Bobick.
Bobick, as was his wont, would have frozen in such a big fight. He would have been a sitting duck for any punch Ali threw. For his part, Ali would have taken the fight seriously and trained appropriately. No way would he let a "Great White Hope" threaten his title.
As hard as it is to believe now, Bobick was actually regarded as a solid prospect back then. He was a big strong guy who had a rep for strength, decent boxing skills and some punching power. Ali would have taken him a lot more seriously than he did the likes of Evangelista, Jean-Pierre Coopman or Leon Spinks. He was content to clown his way through those fights but would have wanted to be impressive for a fight the whole world would be watching.
Bobick would have been totally psyched out and done even worse than Cooney did against Holmes. Ali-Bobick would have been a total mismatch.