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Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #31
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What are your opinions on Ali's performanc in this on? I love the 15 th round cracking round.

In spite of being way passed even his seventies best,Muhammad managed to turn it on during the last minute of the final round. He may well have dropped 'The Acorn' had he connected a minute earlier.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #32
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In spite of being way passed even his seventies best,Muhammad managed to turn it on during the last minute of the final round. He may well have dropped 'The Acorn' had he connected a minute earlier.
He was! He was ripping Earnie with counters all round. One little sneaky left hook finally did the damage.

It's amazing to watch him counter off the ropes, even while getting bullied and cracked by a murderous puncher. Dude was a hero inside the ropes.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:11 PM   #33
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What are your opinions on Ali's performanc in this on? I love the 15 th round cracking round.
Ali at age 35 was faded, yet his dec. win over Shavers in '77 New York was his last bit of greatness as a ringer... I saw the fight live on prime-time TV back in '77... I have a copy of the best rds on file.... Very good stuff....


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Watching it after so many years a strong case can be made that Earnie won that round. He dominated until the last 20 to 30 seconds. However those last seconds Earnie was close to going down so it depends on how it's weighed against Earnies all out assault the first 2.50 minutes of that round.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:15 PM   #35
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I watched it also live in 77. I despised Ali back then but did not feel Earnie did enough to win. Just too many rounds where he did little but conserve his energy.
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In spite of being way passed even his seventies best,Muhammad managed to turn it on during the last minute of the final round. He may well have dropped 'The Acorn' had he connected a minute earlier.
Ali was a master at winning rounds by dominating the last minute after sometimes doing little in the preceding two minutes.

Sugar Ray Leonard was also a notable exponent of the same "trick" - probably an Angelo Dundee initiative?
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