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Jerry Quarry

Source: Kings of Boxing: Muhammad Ali vs. Jerry Quarry- 1970

As I mentioned yesterday, Muhammad was simply to big, strong, tall and quick for Jerry Quarry. Muhammad was 6’2 or 6’3, 215 pounds or so of solid muscle, speed and intelligence. Speed in his hands and feet and you combine that with his strength, his ability to both take a good punch and deliver several great punches in a few seconds, plus his accuracy, he was simply too much for Jerry Quarry. Who was 5’10 or 5’11, under 200 pounds. For Quarry to make this a good fight, he simply had to get inside of Muhammad and pound on him.

The problem being that the only short heavyweight boxer to have any success at that, was Joe Frazier who was bigger and stronger than Quarry and could take more punishment and still move in on you and pound your body. Quarry left both of the Ali fights a bloody mess, because he took so much punishment in both fights before he was able to deliver any punishment. The two Quarry fights were a tune up to fight for Ali to fight Joe Frazier for the first time in 1971 and the second time in 1973.

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attachment-1-59Source: Sweet Fights: Muhammad Ali vs Jerry Quarry 2- 1972

Jerry Quarry simply didn’t have the defense to fight a big strong fighter like Muhammad. And ended up taking too much punishment in these two fights. Muhammad was simply too big, strong and fast for a brawler like Jerry Quarry, who needed his opponent to be in front of him and not have the great footwork and quickness to beat him. Jerry Quarry was the ultimate fighter’s chance boxer. Meaning he had a fighter’s chance to win fights. That if he delivered enough punishment, especially against a stationary boxer, he could win the fight and beat his opponent before his opponent beat him. The problem that he had against Ali, was Ali was not a stationary fighter. But someone with great quickness and footwork. Who could punch hard and hurt you.

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Muhammad Ali

The Greatest of All-Time

One thing that I respect about Muhammad Ali is that no one pushed him around for the most part. Except for Don King perhaps with all the money he screwed Muhammad out of as his promoter in the 1970s. And Muhammad perhaps the most famous athlete in the world not just in the United States in the 1960s. Who was at the heart of the American civil rights movement because of his race.

But also because of Muhammad’s intelligence and the attention that he could bring to himself and because of how honest he was and wasn’t nice to the American establishment no matter the race. And always said exactly what was on his mind so when he said he was against the Vietnam War in the mid 1960s. Like most people in his generation and was not going to fight against a country that never harmed him. Or denied him his freedom and constitutional rights because of his race and his complexion to fight against a country that never hurt him.

Muhammad wasn’t going to fight for a country that was trying to hold him down and when he said “I’m not going to fight for a country that’s been trying to hold me down, because of my race to fight against a country that never called me Nigger”. And so-forth and he was being honest and serious. Muhammad was the Malcolm X of professional sports as far as someone who knew American history and the state of the African-American community.

And what African-Americans were going through and wasn’t going to take trash from anyone and be pushed around. Just like Malcolm X even if it meant his life. Malcolm was assassinated something that Muhammad has avoided. Muhammad was going to live his own life and try to help people that he felt he could and make a positive difference where he could and because of his intelligence. And his personality that he wasn’t going to sacrifice his own freedom. And his own constitutional right to stand up for what he believed even if it meant getting his boxing career back. To fight for a cause that he believed was unjust.

What you see in this interview is Muhammad Ali being himself. And the interviewer bringing up for example all the money that not taking part in being drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War and so-forth and losing his World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. And his boxing license and the millions of dollars that came with that and Muhammad saying that “yeah I could have that”. But I’m not going to take it at the cost of my freedom. Muhammad Ali wasn’t going to be bought.

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Clash of Champions

Clash of Champions

 

 

Definitely the greatest fight that Muhammad Ali ever lost which also happened to be the greatest event he ever lost. Perhaps the biggest sports event at least up to that point in 1971 that had more of a Super Bowl atmosphere rather than a championship fight atmosphere. With all of the people who saw it on TV or close-circuit or were at the fight. The fact that non boxing fans or at least people who weren’t big boxing fans before this fight. Who got into this fight, watched this fight and followed boxing especially the heavyweight division after this fight. Of course the two fighters involved the top two heavyweights at least of the 1960s and early to. Middle 1970s in the challenger Muhammad Ali whose the top heavyweight of the 1970s. And in my opinion and many others who know more about boxing than me the top heavyweight of all time. Against the best heavyweight boxer at least to this point and would remain so after beating Muhammad Ali. At this Super Bowl of boxing event until he lost the fight to George Foreman.

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Clash of Champions

Clash of Champions

Rivals: Ali vs Frazier – YouTube.

Certainly the greatest rivalry in boxing of all time

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Eight Wonder of The World

Eighth Wonder of The World

Source: Sweet Fights: Muhammad Ali vs Jimmy Ellis knock out TKO 

Muhammad Ali on the road back to winning the World Heavyweight Championship

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King of The World

King of The World

 

Source: Adam M-SportsVision: 1962 World Heavyweight Championship- Sonny Liston vs Muhammad Ali

The fight that made Casius Clay the fighter to beat and showed that he was no fluke and hear to stay.

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