Re: Referee - Tony Perez 'I Should Have DQ'd Muhammad Ali'
Regardless of the source, Perez was having a bad night that night.
Ali's holding was excessive and illegal. He could have had signifcant points deducted because the holding was well past the point of issuing him a warning. It was deliberate and Ali continued doing it because he knew Perez didn't want to answer for it. Ali tried these tactics in the FOTC and Manilla. Both Mercante and Padilla warned him early in the fights for that.
Joe might have hit the canvas in the second round if Ali was able to follow up his combination after hurting Frazier. Perez really screwed up here. I don't believe or agree with the Ali fans who claim he would've stopped Joe. That's just nonsense. Ali doesn't have the Foremanesque power to repeat the knockdowns. I think Joe would have got up and rallied to continue in the fight. At worst, maybe Ali scores a couple of knockdowns having Joe in real trouble, that's all.