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Old 11-19-2012, 08:13 AM   #36
Stevie G
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Default Re: Muhammmad Ali vs Buster Mathis 'The Battle of the Fat *******s'

Originally Posted by Senor Pepe' View Post
November 17, 1971

Houston Astrodome

Muhammad Ali, 1-fight removed from the 'Fight of the Century' just
8-months earlier, lumbers into Texas, with added girth (227 lbs.)
to take on Buster Mathis.

Muhammad Ali, 29 years-old (and 2-months away from the age of 30),
brought his 32-1-0 (25 KO's) record, and #1 Heavyweight ranking
into Houston, claiming that he was now a better puncher with the
added weight.

Buster Mathis, 'A Fat *******' himelf at 256 lbs., had not fought in
32-months, since losing to Jerry Quarry in March 1969.

The 28 year-old, 6' 3" 256 lb. 'Behemoth', had retired in 1969 with a
fine record of 29-2-0 (20 KO's), and at one time in 1967 was being
mentioned as a future opponent for then Champion - Cassius Clay.

Buster was renamed 'The Mountain'.

The New York Newspapers labeled this fight "The Battle of the Bellies"

Though the Houston Promoters called it 'The Mountain Comes to Muhammad'

Some of the quieter moments of this bout,of which there were quite a few,were played with The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' on a soundtrack once

Muhammad could have ended it inside the distance had he a mind to. Quite a few of the same scribes who lambasted him for his 'viciousness' against Floyd Patterson and Ernie Terrel were now slagging him off for his 'new found pacifism'

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