Re: Who Looks Most "Beatable" in the 1970s: Ron Lyle, Earnie Shavers, or George Foreman?
It was a trainers decision.
Foreman possessed a greater pedigree but he did not look like a fighter who had his shit together; he looked open and beatable. By contrast Lyle, and even shavers boasted superior, classic form in the ring.
Frazier came in dry and had virtually zero anticipation for Foreman while dangerous George was positively wired and teary eyed before the first bell.
What looked like a dead set was then turned on its head as Foreman showed his iron constitution and strength.
When Ali beat Foreman it greatly encouraged Joe to apply a similar fight plan to try and foil the 'declining Foreman'.