Originally Posted by Unforgiven
Yeah, the standards were higher in those days. But that didn't stop Buster Mathis enjoying the life of a heavyweight contender.
Ali was 215 against Frazier earlier in March of that year, 227 for Mathis in November. Something was wrong somewhere.
Yeah, but does a 12-pound weight gain on a heavyweight make that much of a difference? It's not like 12 extra pounds turns Ali from a svelte, lean fighter into a tub of lard.