Could Ali had won the title at 18

Could Ali had won the title at 18

Post by savai » Sun, 17 Feb 2013 05:24:09


If Ali had been given a chance to fight for the heavyweight title at 18 would he have won it
 
 
 

Could Ali had won the title at 18

Post by Loki » Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:43:43



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>If Ali had been given a chance to fight for the heavyweight title at 18 would he have won it

No.

 
 
 

Could Ali had won the title at 18

Post by SkippyP » Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:22:25

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>>If Ali had been given a chance to fight for the heavyweight title at 18 would he have won it

>No.

Ali would have turned 18 in January of 1960.  In 1960 he was an
Olympian and won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division.  Had
he bypassed the Olympics to go pro, he would have been fighting as a
light heavyweight because his body had not matured enough yet.  The
light heavyweight champ in 1960 was Archie Moore.  I don't see Ali
being able to beat Archie at that time.

 And just for arguments sake, let's say Ali put on some weight and
fought as a heavyweight in 1960.  Floyd Patterson was the heavyweight
champion in 1960.  While I feel Ali was a better fighter than
Patterson, he wouldn't have had enough experience to beat someone like
Patterson.

Ali's first pro fight was at what would be called cruiser weight now
(192 lbs) against Tunny Hunsaker (186 lbs).  That was in late 1960
shortly after the Olympics.  It was a 6 round fight which he won by
unanimous decision.

His first over 200 lb. fight came 2 years later against,
coincidentally, Archie Moore.  Ali weighed 204, Moore 191.  Ali won
but Moore was 46 years old at the time.

He won his first heavyweight title in 1964, about 3.5 years after the
Olympics, against Sonny Liston.  Ali weight 210.5 for that bout and
Liston 215, light by today's standards.  A year later Ali fought Floyd
Patterson and beat him by a 12th round TKO.  Patterson was 30 years
old at the time but weighed less than 200.

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