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Old 10-08-2007, 11:55 AM   #9
C. M. Clay II
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Default Re: What if Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) never was?

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Could someone else have filled a large part of the gap left if Ali had not been there?
Foreman probably would have held the title for the longest out of anyone in that period.

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How much longer would of Liston reigned?
Until 1969.

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Who would have defeated Liston?
Joe Frazier.

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How long would of Smokiní Joe reigned?
Until 1973 when Foreman beats him.

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Without Ali, would Frazier be considered better or worse than he is?
He might be considered the same. Having a win over Liston would make up for the rivalry with Ali.

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How long would Foreman reign and who would beat him?
He would reign until 1978. Holmes would beat him, but Foreman would win it back in 1980, then Holmes wins it back in 1981. This would be a great rivalry, IMO.

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Would Holmes without the Ali shadow, been considered even better?
Definetely.

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Would the sport of benefited because perhaps the likes of Duran, Monzon and Napoles could have been more mainstream without an Ali shadow?
No, because there would have been a Foreman shadow.

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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?
Not all of them.

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Would Leonard of become a superstar?
Yes, because he still had Sugar Ray Robinson to fall back on.

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Would Hagler, Hearns and Duran of been so mainstream?
Maybe not because of Holmes "would be" elevated status from the absence of Ali.

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Would Tyson still of been the mainstream phenomenon he turned out to be?
Yes, because he could look up to George Foreman instead of Ali.




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