Originally Posted by Stevie G
The best ever versionn of Ali was circa 1965-67. His best performances in that timeframe were -
George Chuvalo I Win UD 15 1966
Cleveland Williams Win TKO 3
Ernie Terrel Win UD 15 1967
Best seventies performances
Jerry Quarry II Win TKO 7 1872
Ken Norton II Win SD 12 1973
Joe Frazier II Win UD 12 1974
George Foreman Win KO 8 1974
They weren't the best versions of Ali though. Ali from the FOTC was atleast 2 if not 3 levels above these versions.
I'd agree with Terrel. You can see within the first 30 seconds that Williams didn't belong in there with Ali as he wasn't even throwing punches despite being well in range. Ali was still brilliant against Williams, don't get me wrong, but the skill of his opposition that night could definitely be questioned.