Re: What do you think about Muhammad Ali's boxing fundamentals?
I think Ali was fairly technically sound. There's a difference between getting away with not knowing the rules, and knowing the rules but choosing when and how to break them. Ali was almost never off balance when moving his head at unconventional angles, knew how to judge the range so as to not expose his chin, and had very good punching form. You can tell that as rounds progressed, he'd start baiting counters and timing the right punches over them. Post-exile Ali sat down on his punches and gave more looks with his guard, since he had to. He wasn't the most conventional and had his share of casualties from leaning back after dropping the right before throwing it (most notably that left hook from the likes of Cooper, Bonavena, and Frazier), but he was sound and smart all the same.