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Old 10-31-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default What if Frazier and Ali fought in the 60s?

What if Frazier and Ali had their first fight in the mid to late 60s? This, of course, assumes Ali was never exiled.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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Ali would have won mid rounds on TKO.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: What if Frazier and Ali fought in the 60s?

Frazier was much better in 68-69 than he was in 71....So an even wider margin of victory can be excpected!
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:43 AM   #5
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Ali by TKO; Frazier never becomes champ.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:44 AM   #6
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Frazier wins, I think he was at his best 1969.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:53 AM   #7
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Default Re: What if Frazier and Ali fought in the 60s?

but what about versions of each that we did see...i mean, we didnt see a 69 ali...so how would a 67 fight between them have gone, it possibly could have happened
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:56 AM   #8
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Default Re: What if Frazier and Ali fought in the 60s?

frazier doesn't beat a 60s Ali without exile. his best chance is from 1970 onwards.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:55 AM   #9
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Default Re: What if Frazier and Ali fought in the 60s?

More importantly, what would have happened if Ali fought a prime Liston, in 1935, when Liston was 28? Liston KO1 Ali.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:57 AM   #10
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Liston was 54 in 1935 though.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #11
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Default Re: What if Frazier and Ali fought in the 60s?

I've a gut feeling that things would have panned out similarly to real time.

Ali takes two out of three in a hard fought series. These two would always have a war no matter when they fought.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:38 AM   #12
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Ali by TKO; Frazier never becomes champ.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:46 AM   #13
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I like muhammad Ali to take this by a comfortable decision. Ali was still developing rapidly in the late 60's, and had his momentum not been dissrupted by the lengthy exhile, his skills would have been in perfect tact. With both Ali and Frazier burning the candle at both ends by eating up all the available contenders, its likely that they would have been forced together around 1968. At this point we'd be looking at a peak Ali and a somewhat less experienced Frazier.
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Ali wins via decision.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:45 AM   #15
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but what about versions of each that we did see...i mean, we didnt see a 69 ali...so how would a 67 fight between them have gone, it possibly could have happened
i love Frazier and believe prime/prime he wins! But in 67 I am not sure he was seasoned enough....He had a few solid wins like Bonavena, Machen, Jones & Chuvalo...but not quite ready for prime time.
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