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#265061 - 06/20/06 04:06 PM opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing?
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just wondering on youre opinions on the way muhammad ali fought..
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#265062 - 06/20/06 04:19 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: tyas]
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He was very over rated and cocky. His boxing style worked, for the ring well, but may get him killed in a street fight.
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#265063 - 06/20/06 05:07 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: Mike_L]
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yeah, but how could it get him killed in a street fight when he is always dodging and taunting the opponet

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#265064 - 06/20/06 05:11 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: tyas]
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Because, he would say the wrong thing and get stabbed. I don't know his style would probably work well. But not his attitude.
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#265065 - 06/20/06 05:14 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: Mike_L]
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Quote by MikeL -

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He was very over rated and cocky.




Over-rated? What the hell are you talking about? Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all time. An excellent strategist and a good technician.

It's not cocky when you can back it up!
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#265066 - 06/20/06 05:18 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: MattJ]
tyas Offline
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yeah he was great but kinda retired a little too late...

so do you think the way he fights would do good in the streets???

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#265067 - 06/20/06 06:01 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: tyas]
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Believe it or not Mike L is not the only one of that opinion. The Ring Magazine in 2000 polled its readers to find out who were the best fighters of the 20th century (catergories like best pound for pound, best puncher etc..)

The winner of the most overrated category was ..... Muhammad Ali!!!

By the way, Muhammad Ali was a boxer, not a streetfighter. Sure he could beat George Foreman, but wouldn't do him much good when George's mate snuck up behind him and hit him with a bottle!

Besides which, who in their right mind would want to tackle a 6'3", 215 pound athelte?
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#265068 - 06/20/06 07:28 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: tyas]
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Did anyone see that this thread was about BOXING style? His streetfighting ability is not important. WRT Boxing, he probably was the greatest. It is true he should hve retired earlier, might have made things easier for him now. Nevertheless he was still a great boxer, and a great man.

In terms of him being cocky and overrated, thats what boxers do, boxers talk. I think the image he created was a hugely damaging effect to his opponents, and lead to lots of his victories. I loved the way he labelled Fitz Floyd the rabbit and went to his gym before their fight and gave him some lettuce and carrots!

(For the record, a top professional boxer and someone who has a blackbelt in TKD under one of the greatest TKD masters of our time Jhoon Rhee, is likely to be very very good at fighting on the street.)
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#265069 - 06/20/06 09:08 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: Ayub]
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You know when I heard the fact that he was trained in taekwondo I started noticing similar things between the way in which he fought and taekwondo. Is it just me or did the way he stood look a lot like a taekwondo fighter?

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#265070 - 06/20/06 09:22 PM Re: opinions on muhammad ali's style of boxing? [Re: MattJ]
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Yeah he was a good fighter, but he was sooooooooo cocky, I still respect him I guess. No doubt he was one of the greatest fighters of all time, I suppose his cockyness was used as a mental strategy towards his opponents. As for him holding a black belt in TKD, I could see that in his foot work, not just leaning and dodging, but also sliding, and trapping can be seen. I have seen many of his old fights on ESPN classic, but I was born after his time. Also I used to live in Louisville KY, where he was born(then known as Casius Clay) so no one would ever shut up about him. In the end he was a great boxer, a good strategist, and a grade A smack talker. It work well for him though.
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