Re: Lyle vs Foreman - Why Was Lyle Able To...
Lyle as an opponent is the total opposite of what every other manager does with their guy > a tough loss or tough fight. It's almost always a mr softie type and even Ali was put in with Wepner > Zaire.
A 1976 version of Ron Lyle is no easy pickings & it's a miracle that match took place. There were a ton of other beatable guys around at the time and a much easier win for Foreman.
The comeback effort > a loss rarely, if ever, is an A+ fight result. That's why these guys are matched up against guys that are B or C grade fighters. And that is a main reason Lyle did so well was that all George was going to bring into the ring that night was his B game. And anyone bringing in their B game against a 76 Lyle is going to be very fortunate to get a win.