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Old 02-07-2011, 11:48 AM   #16
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Quality punches vs pitty-pat flurries was what decided the FOTC.
Joe may have landed the harder punches,but I'd hardly describe Muhammad's punches as pitty-pat.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:15 PM   #17
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Ali did what he could to spare his vulnerable hands. Many of his double jabs in the rematch with Jerry Quarry were a deliberate miss with the first one, then recoiling with a subtle backhand on the return. He used his speed for intimidation, causing opponents to tense up, flinch, try to duck and dodge, and wear themselves down in the process. Poor Jerry wiped himself out overreacting to all the threats. (He was much more relaxed with Thad Spencer, and it showed.)

He generated enough substance in Manila alone though to possibly make up for any smoke and mirrors in his other bouts combined. Padilla forced him to fight for 14 rounds, continually slapping his gloves off the back of Frazier's neck.

Wepner, Lyle, Foreman, Dunn, Blue Lewis, Ellis, Bob Foster, Bonavena and Blin certainly weren't done by mirage. Nor were lesser tier decision wins over Mac Foster, Lubbers, Bugner 2X, Chuvalo 2X or Shavers (if you accept Shavers as a lesser tier win). There are plenty of ringside broadcasters describing reddened faces of Ali opponents as early as the opening moments (Mac Foster), faces swelling and puffing in short order. He drew plenty of blood during his career, and a knockout ratio of over 60% in 61 fights covering 21 years against the level of competition he typically dealt with is nothing to scoff at.
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:12 PM   #18
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Ali did what he could to spare his vulnerable hands.

There are plenty of ringside broadcasters describing reddened faces of Ali opponents as early as the opening moments (Mac Foster), faces swelling and puffing in short order. He drew plenty of blood during his career, and a knockout ratio of over 60% in 61 fights covering 21 years against the level of competition he typically dealt with is nothing to scoff at.
I've always thought those hand problems were a result of improper punching technique... You can see it when he's shadowboxing with his hands open, pinkies and thumbs out. Ali went for speed no doubt, and his shoeshining was heavier than some give him credit for, but I think if he had been a more correct puncher he wouldn't have had to worry as much about such things.

Ali's KO ratio is deceiving though. How many of those KO's were actual KO's? Most of them were TKOs from cuts or ref stoppages. he was good at puffing them up, but in terms of accurate punching and hurting guys or breaking them down in real fashion, not the greatest.
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:14 PM   #19
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Ali was actually punching with more power behind the punches in the first fight with Frazier. He did throw the usual pitty-pats as well, but landed plenty of hard right hands and left hooks that had Frazier grotesquely swollen by the end of the match.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEhQe6R09vo[/ame]
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:32 PM   #20
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Joe may have landed the harder punches,but I'd hardly describe Muhammad's punches as pitty-pat.
True, but compared to Joe's harder shots, they seemed like pitty-pat punches.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:41 PM   #21
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When he was angry & planted his feet, Ali could land painful combinations with decent power, like in FOTC & Manila, they certainly weren't "pitty-pat" flurries.

However, i watched Ali-Shavers last night, & honestly i scored it 8-7 for Earnie. Ali was shot, & he did a lot of pitty-pat flurries to impress the commentators & judges. They looked somewhat flashy, but the vast majority of their content skimmed off Earnie's gloves. I don't hold it against Ali, he did what he had to in order to defend his championship, in the eyes of the judges.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:12 PM   #22
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If anything, Howard Cosell, was pre-programmed to see punches land that didn't.

Don Dunphy, on the other hand was much more accurate.

Cosell, would tell us that Ali missed on purpose, to set up his other punches.
Even when Ali got caught with a punch, Cosell would say,
'That didn't hurt, the Champion is just testing his opponents power'

Oh Howard,,,,,
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:13 PM   #23
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If anything, Howard Cosell, was pre-programmed to see punches land that didn't.

Don Dunphy, on the other hand was much more accurate.

Cosell, would tell us that Ali missed on purpose, to set up his other punches.
Even when Ali got caught with a punch, Cosell would say,
'That didn't hurt, the Champion is just testing his opponents power'

Oh Howard,,,,,


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Old 02-07-2011, 03:35 PM   #24
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It speaks of why it's often better to watch a fight with the sound off...so you can't hear what they're saying.
I would actually do that with live fights now, if only they had an option where you could turn off the commentary but keep the sound of the punches and crowd.
I would love it if they had that option.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:43 PM   #25
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Great post! I've been saying this for years! Ali got way too much credit for his flashy punches, so many of them blocked or missed. I also scored Shavers the victor, same with Norton. Announcers can be annoying, but they don't worry me the way judges do...judges are frequently fooled by this tactic and it really results in a lot of fighters getting screwed....Marvin Hagler versus Ray Leonard for one example.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:51 PM   #26
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OHHHHHHHH,,,,I forgot,,,,,,,,Howard Cosell was not biased,, when calling a
Muhammad Ali fight.

And Christine Aguilera sang beautifully last night........
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:58 PM   #27
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Cosell was comical.
He had his favourites for sure.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #28
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:46 PM   #29
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True, but compared to Joe's harder shots, they seemed like pitty-pat punches.
they weren't pitty pat. ali floored foreman frazier couldnt have ever thought of flooring foreman
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:34 PM   #30
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this isnt a real old fight...but i remember de la hoya vs whitaker.....oscar thows a big flurry at one point..thats back when oscars hands where pretty damn fast still.....and whitaker is moving..but it looks kind of like he is getting MOVED by the punches..in other words getting hit....and Lampley espically is having a massive mouth orgasim about how great it is...then they show it in slow motion between rounds....and NOT ONE punch landed...yet Lampley is still going on about how ****ing great it is..and for some reason Merchant and foreman are silent...anyhow...
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