Originally Posted by GazOC
It helped it, it allowed a new generation of heavys to establish a reputation. The wins against Foreman and Frazier look (are!) more impressive than if Ali had of met them as an established champ defending against undefeated Olympians.
hard to say. It helped establish guys who would have been rushed to fight him, but it hurt him because he had some tough fight then. Something can be said for a champion who fights often and having fights quickly before fighters develop, not saying that with Ali, but in general.