SDSU Aztec wrote:
great fight wrote:
Peak Ali v. T. Fury wrote:
Peak M. Ali in his twenties was better than peak T. Fury. A young Ali was too fit, too quick and too agile for T. Fury. By age 30, Ali was on the back nine. Interesting fact pointed out by Mike Tyson. Ali never threw a body punch, all head shots. I have gone back and looked at old Ali fights on youtube, not one body punch to be seen.
Fury is 33. Fury and Ali both fighting at 33 would be very bad news for Ali. Also, yes about Ali which makes a 6' 9" guy harder to hit in the face. Ali struggled with Frazer and lost to Spinks. Fury would destroy Ali.
Obviously the comparison would be when Ali and Fury were at their peak. For Ali, that would have been during 60s before his 3.5 year break. He had outstanding hand speed, mobility and could duck out of the way of punches. He wasn't a body puncher but I think he would have been fast enough to tattoo Fury's face with jabs and straight rights.
Tyson would swarm Fury and fight from the inside and land heavy blows to the body. Foreman was a very hard puncher with much better technique than Wilder. He also had more stamina than Wilder showed on Saturday.
Foreman won because he was big. He couldn't even beat Ali when Ali used his rope a dope on him. Right now you are comparing 33 years old Fury with other fighters at their prime. You are not seeing Fury at his prime. That would be scary. (Although he had emotional issues)
Frazer had no boxing skill and actually would lead with his face. He would take a beating just to get his blows in yet Ali would had trouble with that.
American boxers got great media coverage as great but the ranks were very thin. What great and skilled boxers did Ali beat. His claim to fame was beating Sonny Liston who was older and smaller. Ali was fast but his jab was potent because he had a longer reach than anyone. He would not have that against Fury.
Don't be American-centric and think American boxers had to be better. Fury is a giant with great skill and heart. Ali never faced someone that great. Other than Sonny, what great boxers did Ali beat???