Re: What if Shavers had ko'ed Ali in the 2nd round?
If you lived through those years you would realize Ali was a very tough customer. No fighter took a shot like Ali. More than likely if Shavers let it all go when he hurt Ali in round 2 he would have exhausted himself in the process and Ali would have knocked him out. Shavers was well known to have very poor stamina and not the best chin. this is why his strategy for this fight was to fight in short spurts, lay back with gloves high and wait until the late rounds to open up. It was a smart strategy really since every fighter who went out to ko Ali lost. (since Frazier 1). Shavers in many ways mirrored Lyles strategy when he fought Ali several years earlier. Problem is in the end Shavers did not win enough rounds to win the decision.