Ali's fundamentals weren't very fundamental. He was unorthodox for the most part and defensively he's sort of dismissive of fundamentals at all. And Ali's ring IQ is generally overrated, from my perspective. His nearly inhuman toughness is underrated. I find it funny how much is placed on one, which wasn't of the highest grade and how little is placed on the other-which is about as great as it gets. It's amazing to me how hand-speed alters the perception of quality of thought and technical ability in boxers.
Originally Posted by Robbi
Ali was pretty basic and wasn't very varied in his arsenal. Larry Holmes was a better all round fighter.
Holmes was a better technician.