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Alis prime was gone due to the lay off, he was out of shape because he didn't train properly for the first fight. After that first fight with Norton he really made the most of what he had left at that point (his stamina and speed were a LOT worse post-layoff) for a few years he was definately declining slowly until that third fight vs Frazier which accelerated that decline hugely. Post-lay off Ali was not as motivated fight-by-fight as he was pre-lay off. He was in excellent shape for every fight during 64-67 but after his lay off there were a lot of fights where he should have finished it earlier or should not have lost but he was put in that spot because he was not motivated enough and didn't train properly.