Originally Posted by Low blow
I'm just wondering why Ali might not have returned to the ring? Was he debating retiring after 67?
His case kept dragging out in the courts. For years it was not known when or if the Supreme Court would hear the appeal. By early 1970 it was looking more and more like he would never return to the ring. He started saying publicly that he was done with boxing. Prior to the showing of the Marciano-Ali computer fight movie, Ali promoted the film by saying "Come and see me in the ring for the last time..." It was on the basis of these announcements that Ring Magazine finally declared the heavyweight title vacant in January, 1970, having stood by Ali's due process in the intervening years.