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Old 10-05-2012, 07:14 AM   #24
Stevie G
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Default Re: Nineties heavyweights

Originally Posted by Seamus View Post
FOTC was great.

Thrilla in Manilla was two shot former greats trying to figure out who was less shot. It is shocking how dissipated both fighters look when compared to the first fight. Norton-Holmes was decent but a bit of a let down from earlier in the decade. And I've seen more science in bum fights than in Foreman-Lyle.

The 90's had the Bowe-Holyfield trilogy (a better trilogy than Ali-Frazier IMO), Tyson-Douglas, the Tyson-Ruddock series, Tyson-Holyfield I & II. Dynamite action packed shoot-outs like Moorer-Cooper and Tua-Ibeabuchi. The great Lennox Lewis had some of the best fights of his career, title and non-title. It was stacked with power punchers, a depth unrivalled by any other era: Lewis, Ruddock, Tyson, Morrison, Foreman, Tua, Moorer, McCall, Bruno, Briggs, Sanders, Ibeabuchi...

I reckon it's a bit harsh referring to Ali and Frazier as being 'shot' in Manilla. True.......they were n't quite as good as they were in their first,and even second fights,but in no way shot. Frazier was indeed shot after Manilla,and Ali was never the same.
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