View Full Version : Ali was a funny guy!


fight fan
04-11-2005, 04:51 PM
http://www.antekprizering.com/alilistoniiweighin03.jpeg

This picture tells it all!!!!

Clay/Ali definitely got under Liston's skin! That was part of his successful strategy! Just look at Liston's face. He wanted to kill him right then and there!

FYI: I still question the outcomes of their fights! Especially the way they ended! I just thought this picture was hysterical!!!

boxernyc
04-11-2005, 05:34 PM
http://www.antekprizering.com/alilistoniiweighin03.jpeg

This picture tells it all!!!!

Clay/Ali definitely got under Liston's skin! That was part of his successful strategy! Just look at Liston's face. He wanted to kill him right then and there!

FYI: I still question the outcomes of their fights! Especially the way they ended! I just thought this picture was hysterical!!!

That picture is hilarious. I don't think it was a phantom puch though. I watched the slo motion replay many times and although it is far from conclusive I think he definitely got hit by a solid shot. Just my opinion.

abdiel2k3
04-11-2005, 05:41 PM
hes def a character for the ages

tysonortiz
04-15-2005, 03:07 PM
Thats hilarious.

Dempsey 1919
10-26-2005, 09:26 PM
clay goes out to meet liston
and liston starts to retreat
if liston goes back any further
he'll end up in a ringside seat
clay swings with his left
clay swings with his right
look at the way young cassius carries the fight
liston keeps backin'
but there's not enough room
it's only a matter of time
before clay lowers the boom

its poems like these that made ali the funniest athlete ever and part of why he is THEE GREATEST!!!

bassing68
10-26-2005, 09:32 PM
Hey, Butterfly, you ain't kiddin'. His rhymes and poems were to die for. I still crack at them today.

legend_killer
10-26-2005, 11:51 PM
I can just imagine Ali saying "Gees... you've piled on the pounds there, Sonny. Good luck." Hehe. Ali was the best!!!

fight fan
10-29-2005, 10:34 AM
What was even more amazing to me was Ali's psychological edge! He was so witty, he would just come out with stuff that would make the onlookers howl pissing off his opponent. Liston was the baddest, meanest man in the world at that time and Ali had no reservations of getting under his skin, which you or I would think would be suicide!!!!

Linx
10-29-2005, 12:01 PM
Here are some classic Ali quotes

"I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them."

"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark."

"Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up."

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."

"Joe Frazier is so ugly, he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife." :D

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."

"When you're as great as I am, it's hard to be humble."

fistlegend
10-29-2005, 12:25 PM
ahhaha some funny quotes there, i like the last one the most

Dempsey 1919
11-07-2005, 03:53 PM
this picture is a scream also.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/magazine/new/040712_cosellali.jpg

i bet he's thinking, is this real or not!

Imira
11-07-2005, 04:16 PM
I laughed when he took the trophy back to his corner in his third fight with Frazier before the fight even started.

Or this one:

Cosell: You're extremely truculent

Ali: I don't know what truculent means, but if it's good, I'm it.

Skydog
11-07-2005, 04:55 PM
Don't think that Ali got under Liston's skin that bad, Clay was terrified before he fought Liston. Read this:

While everyone obsessed over Liston’s size and strength, Clay went to work on his head. He began a sustained and audacious campaign of intimidation. He nicknamed Liston big ugly bear, he was pictured with Angelo Dundee and Bundini brown reading a book entitled psychological warfare. He showed up at the gym when Liston was sparring and yelled at him. Liston began to question Clays mental state. Before sonny’s second fight with Floyd Patterson, Clay stepped up his campaign. He travelled to Las Vegas with Angelo Dundee and found Liston in a casino shooting craps. There are varying accounts of the exchange that followed- one even has Clay shooting a water piston at Liston – but they agree on the result. The exchange the pair had backfired on Clay. Sonny Liston scared the hell out of him.

Liston was loosing at the crap tables. As he rolled the dice, Clay appeared, yelling, “look at the big ugly bear, he cant even shoot craps. He cant do nothing right.”

Liston was angry. He threw down the dice and walked up to Clay, “listen, you ****** ******,” he said, “if you don’t get out of here in 10 seconds, I’m going to pull that big tongue out of your mouth and stick it up your ass.”

Later, Liston saw Clay on the casino floor again. He walked up to him and slapped his face.
“What was that for?” Clay asked.
“Cause you’re so ****ing fresh….”

Liston said to his friend jack McKinney, “I got the punk’s heart now.”

In his interview with playboy, Clay admitted it was true. Liston had frightened him. “I ain’t gonna lie. That was the first time since I known sonny Liston that he scared me. I just felt the power and the meanness of the man I was messing with.”

It was a miscalculation on Clays part. He had picked the wrong battleground. Liston was from the streets, Clay was not. Intimidating people in casinos came easily to a man like sonny. By contrast, Clay was an athlete. His natural arena was the ring. But he had achieved something; nonetheless, because Liston was becoming convinced Clay was crazy. After all, who, other than a lunatic would treat Sonny Liston in such a way?

Clay wasn’t finished yet, however. He drove his bus to Liston’s house in the middle of the night and had Howard Bingham get out and ring the doorbell. When Liston arrived at Miami airport to begin his final preparations for the fight, Clay goaded him into throwing a punch (“he missed by a country mile,” Clay crowed). He then took a bus full of screaming girls to Liston’s training HQ at the surfside community centre. And finally, when the big day finally came, he really freaked Liston out.

At the morning weigh in, Clay arrived first and went through his usual routine, coming up with the inspired rhyme “when the crowd laid down their money/they didn’t dream they’d see a total eclipse of sonny…” and making a prediction: “round eight/to prove I’m great!”

When Liston showed up, though, clay went berserk. He screamed at sonny – “you chump, you ugly bear, I’m gonna whip you! ” He became manic. His heart rate was measured at 110 beats per minute up from its usual 54. The fight doctor, Alexander Robbins, proclaimed that Clay was “emotionally unbalanced, scared to death and liable to crack up before he enters the ring.”

habZ
11-07-2005, 07:59 PM
Don't think that Ali got under Liston's skin that bad, Clay was terrified before he fought Liston. Read this:

While everyone obsessed over Liston’s size and strength, Clay went to work on his head. He began a sustained and audacious campaign of intimidation. He nicknamed Liston big ugly bear, he was pictured with Angelo Dundee and Bundini brown reading a book entitled psychological warfare. He showed up at the gym when Liston was sparring and yelled at him. Liston began to question Clays mental state. Before sonny’s second fight with Floyd Patterson, Clay stepped up his campaign. He travelled to Las Vegas with Angelo Dundee and found Liston in a casino shooting craps. There are varying accounts of the exchange that followed- one even has Clay shooting a water piston at Liston – but they agree on the result. The exchange the pair had backfired on Clay. Sonny Liston scared the hell out of him.

Liston was loosing at the crap tables. As he rolled the dice, Clay appeared, yelling, “look at the big ugly bear, he cant even shoot craps. He cant do nothing right.”

Liston was angry. He threw down the dice and walked up to Clay, “listen, you ****** ******,” he said, “if you don’t get out of here in 10 seconds, I’m going to pull that big tongue out of your mouth and stick it up your ass.”

Later, Liston saw Clay on the casino floor again. He walked up to him and slapped his face.
“What was that for?” Clay asked.
“Cause you’re so ****ing fresh….”

Liston said to his friend jack McKinney, “I got the punk’s heart now.”

In his interview with playboy, Clay admitted it was true. Liston had frightened him. “I ain’t gonna lie. That was the first time since I known sonny Liston that he scared me. I just felt the power and the meanness of the man I was messing with.”

It was a miscalculation on Clays part. He had picked the wrong battleground. Liston was from the streets, Clay was not. Intimidating people in casinos came easily to a man like sonny. By contrast, Clay was an athlete. His natural arena was the ring. But he had achieved something; nonetheless, because Liston was becoming convinced Clay was crazy. After all, who, other than a lunatic would treat Sonny Liston in such a way?

Clay wasn’t finished yet, however. He drove his bus to Liston’s house in the middle of the night and had Howard Bingham get out and ring the doorbell. When Liston arrived at Miami airport to begin his final preparations for the fight, Clay goaded him into throwing a punch (“he missed by a country mile,” Clay crowed). He then took a bus full of screaming girls to Liston’s training HQ at the surfside community centre. And finally, when the big day finally came, he really freaked Liston out.

At the morning weigh in, Clay arrived first and went through his usual routine, coming up with the inspired rhyme “when the crowd laid down their money/they didn’t dream they’d see a total eclipse of sonny…” and making a prediction: “round eight/to prove I’m great!”

When Liston showed up, though, clay went berserk. He screamed at sonny – “you chump, you ugly bear, I’m gonna whip you! ” He became manic. His heart rate was measured at 110 beats per minute up from its usual 54. The fight doctor, Alexander Robbins, proclaimed that Clay was “emotionally unbalanced, scared to death and liable to crack up before he enters the ring.”


hahaha thats class man, how come they never mention the good stuff on tv...proves tv is ****, BRING BACK THE WRITERS!!!

Dempsey 1919
11-08-2005, 04:07 PM
hahaha thats class man, how come they never mention the good stuff on tv...proves tv is ****, BRING BACK THE WRITERS!!!
tv is aaaight.