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Old 02-07-2011, 02:23 AM   #52
Unforgiven
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Default Re: INGO vs. Cassius Clay (Sparring session, Fake or ?)

I think there were probably at least six or seven active heavyweights at the time who would have beaten the Ingemar of the 3rd fight.
Even Eddie Machen would have. And probably the novice Clay. Harold Johnson. Liston of course. Big Cat Williams.

Ingo could still hit but he'd have trouble landing the necessary punch against a good fit fighter, his conditioning was bad, and his punch resistance was almost down to zero.

There were probably two or three heavies around who could have beaten Patterson then too.
I really believe the pair of them held the title hostage come this time, and I reckon some good fighters missed out on a real solid chance of dethroning them.
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