Re: Could Ali handle the size of a Lewis?
Ali had the same height, reach, fighting weight, chin, stamina, and punching power as Evander Holyfield. Plus, he was faster than Holyfield and a better boxer with much better footwork. Having just watched a 37 year old Holyfield fight a 34 year old Lewis twice, I gave the first fight to Lewis by a point and the second to Holyfield by two. If Holyfield could fight two close fights with Lewis then Ali could do at least as well, depending which phase of their careers both men were in.
Lewis' main weapon in both Holyfield fights was a jab and Ali had a better jab than Lewis. Ali would likewise be giving up six inches of reach and two inches of height, which would make it difficult to pot shot at range and head hunt the way he liked to do, but I can't see Ali stalking, pressuring Lewis, backing him up, lunging in, trying to work the inside and getting counter punched all night like Holyfield did. Ali'd probably let Lewis be the aggressor and hit him coming in or when Lewis bent over to throw shots the way he did with Holyfield. And he might try leaning against the ropes, turning, and blocking punches the way he fought George Foreman.
Last edited by OvidsExile; 10-13-2012 at 02:44 AM.