Originally Posted by Stevie G
Between 1970-75,Ali may have not evaded quite as many punches as he'd done pre-exile,but he was still avoiding more than most. While not being QUITE as fast,he was still very fast for a heavyweight. The blows he took from the likes of Jurgen Blin were n't very much or hard.
But I don't think we should under-estimate how much punishment Ali absorbed before
Manila. He took enough punishment in 1970-'74 to end a career, due to his style change/slowing down. I daresay he accrued damage evenin the first Frazier fight and surely the Foreman fight that contributed to his later condition, and in sparring too.
Blows from guys like Blin may not look hard to you but they all add up.
He perhaps should have retired after the Oscar Bonavena fight. That one indicated that things were going to different in post-layoff career, he would have to take a lot
of punches against the top fighters.