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Old 12-11-2007, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Ali explains "The Anchor Punch"

Liston experienced it first hand:

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Old 12-11-2007, 09:46 PM   #2
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The "anchor" punch was bullshit, it "couldn't have crushed a grape" per writer Jimmy Cannon who saw it.

It was a dive.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:04 PM   #3
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you gotta love Ali, man.

I also have a DVD clip of him talking about it right after the fight and he is also saying that he learned the anchor punch from someone close to Jack Johnson.

Liston was a terrible actor. And Joe Walcott was a terrible ref and Nat should have not had any say in the outcome of the fight.

It all comes down to Neutral corner rule and the ref count anyway.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: Ali explains "The Anchor Punch"

Did anyone see Liston's head snap when the punch landed? I did. Ali also landed a left uppercut before it landes.

I wonder if Liston felt the uppercut, got caught flush with the weak right, and just felt those were the two to go on. He should have gotten up, and gone down again after some more action, if he really wanted to sell that fight.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:11 PM   #5
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I was a young boy when that fight happened, but I remember reading a boxing magazine sometime thereafter where the writer went into a lengthy explanation likening the "anchor" punch to some sort of karate chop, with "torquing action" or some such nonsense.

What a ****ing joke.

Wish I had kept those mags.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:20 PM   #6
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you gotta love Ali, man.

I also have a DVD clip of him talking about it right after the fight and he is also saying that he learned the anchor punch from someone close to Jack Johnson.

Liston was a terrible actor. And Joe Walcott was a terrible ref and Nat should have not had any say in the outcome of the fight.

It all comes down to Neutral corner rule and the ref count anyway.
Ali's spin is it was an "anchor punch" he learned from Stepin Fetchit, actor
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:24 PM   #7
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Ali's spin is it was an "anchor punch" he learned from Stepin Fetchit, actor
was he the one that learned it from Johnson?
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:43 PM   #8
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was he the one that learned it from Johnson?
I think so...the time period is right.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:42 PM   #9
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liston had a granite chin. that anchor punch couldnt have felled my great gam gam. it was a dive.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:50 AM   #10
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It's bollocks.
I have the immediate post-fight interview in the ring, and Ali doesn't say anything about an anchor punch.
He watches the replay and talks about his speed. What I do remember him saying at one point he's shouting to his entourage "Dont say nuthin'!". In other words, keep quiet, let me handle this.

Because they all knew Liston had thrown the fight.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:44 AM   #11
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I'm a massive Ali fan, however liston defo through the fight. Question is why, i think the muslims got to him.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:39 AM   #12
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I'm a massive Ali fan, however liston defo through the fight. Question is why, i think the muslims got to him.
Yeah he must have faced some death threats. He was mob-connected too however.. whole thing was strange
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:48 AM   #13
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Anchor punch? More like the 'fishing rod punch' the way he reeled folks in with that one......
Anchor butter!
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:12 PM   #14
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The good ol' corkscrew.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:31 PM   #15
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Fleischer said it was "the old Kid McCoy corkscrew", whereas Ali claimed it was a punch he learned from Jack Johnson...
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