10-07-2007, 08:20 AM
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Re: What if Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) never was?
Originally Posted by TBooze
I think out of all single acts in the what if? questions; this act would have the most dramatic skewing of boxing history, and would leave the most unanswered questions…
Could someone else have filled a large part of the gap left if Ali had not been there? Unlikely
How much longer would of Liston reigned? till circa '65-66
Who would have defeated Liston? Leotis Martin
How long would of Smokin’ Joe reigned? till '73
Without Ali, would Frazier be considered better or worse than he is? undeniably worse
How long would Foreman reign and who would beat him? circa '77, when the unfancied Holmes ekes a decision
Would Holmes without the Ali shadow, been considered even better? hmmm
Would the sport of benefited because perhaps the likes of Duran, Monzon and Napoles could have been more mainstream without an Ali shadow? definetly not, Ali brought a much vaster fanbase to boxing
Would all the youngsters that were brought up on Ali, still have the passion for boxing that turned the early/mid 80s into another golden era for the sport? Interesting point, I'd possibly say that it may have had a knock on effect
Would Leonard of become a superstar? without doubt
Would Hagler, Hearns and Duran of been so mainstream?
Would Tyson still of been the mainstream phenomenon he turned out to be?
Possibly even more so