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Old 01-18-2013, 12:17 PM   #37
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Default Re: What if? Ali/Weaver in 1982...

Originally Posted by TBooze View Post
Hindsight it may look cruel, but it has something to it.

Remember that as late as 1986, there were still rumours of an Ali comeback, despite all the health issues, Ali was attached to the Witherspoon camp for the fight in London with Bomber, and there is a picture of Ali doing roadwork with Terrible Tim (I know, I was shocked Witherspoon did roadwork for that fight as well!).

So what if, instead of fighting Dokes, Ali called in the favour of the WBA and got himself one final title shot? Ali was beaten by Berbick, but hardly outclassed and Trevor was legitimately a top 10 fighter of the time.

Weaver could be flaky, so could the pressure of the super fight and super named opponent be too much for him? Could Hercules bottle it and let Ali sneak it?
Weaver was one of the most hot and cold fighters in history. lots of early KO losses.
Then, Granate chin against Coetzee, Holmes and Tate.

Easy 1st round KO for Dokes, 15 draw for Dokes in rematch.

1st round Ko loser to Bonecrusher Smith , 12 round decision loss to Smith later.

Carl williams gives larry holmes hell for 15 rounds, Weaver crushes Williams in 2 rounds.

I'd hate to bet on the fight between Weaver and crippled Ali.

You never know which Weaver will show up.
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