Originally Posted by Addie
I think Holmes is more successful against a more stationary Ali, which is what we had after his exile. I think the fleet footed Ali of the 60s, is effective at creating angles on Holmes, who was all a bit one dimensional with the way he came on the offensive. Both had great jabs, Ali having the slight edge in handspeed, but it's the intangibles that make him the winner in my book. Ali just seemed to be on a higher plane to everyone else when it came to will, heart, and determination. He always went the extra inch, which is why I think he gets out a closely fought decision.
Agreed. Neither hit hard enough to dent the others chin so the thing comes down to points. Ali had better stamina, speed, and ring IQ. Therefore, he'd beat Larry to the punch, throw more punches, and score more points. If he felt he lost a round he was smart enough to come out and hustle enough to steal the next one or two. Larry would let rounds go by sometimes doing very little and that's where Ali beats him.