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Old 01-12-2008, 08:26 AM   #16
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:31 AM   #17
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If he was thumbed and blinded from round 2 through the rest of the fight then that might explain him looking so bad.
I cant remember how he looked in round 1 though.

I never really thought of Terrell as slow, though. He just fought inhibited against Ali, for various reasons I guess. Not least because Ali wanted to beat him up, Terrell might have been psyched-out.
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:23 PM   #18
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I think the eye problem more than bothered him and took the fight out of him. He was tough and hung in there, but some fighters go on on instinct (say, Frazier) to get the win, while others become slow and flatfooted with survival as only objective.
That's a lame excuse. Terrel was never in the fight from round one, so you can't just say he lost because of his eye.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:30 PM   #19
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Against Foster -- Terrell was much bigger and therefore braver.
Against Ali --- scared shitless -- just wanted to survive and get paid.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:51 PM   #20
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That's a lame excuse. Terrel was never in the fight from round one, so you can't just say he lost because of his eye.
It was Ali's work, don't get me wrong. Just like it was Tyson's work to have Spinks scared like that. All i'm saying is that Terrel didn't seem to have the fighting heart to match his height.
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