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How does it not hold water? I said body punching is more exciting, that's an opinion. That it takes skill is a fact. So are you saying you find today's fighters more exciting than the greats that employed body work?
Originally Posted by BattlingNelson
Ali's most exiting fights happens to be some of the most exiting fights of all time and that was 'old' Ali. His fights with Foreman and Frazier III had excessive clinching and less than a handful of bodyshots. I know you don't think these fights are boring so might we conclude that your thesis does not hold?
And here's the difference between "old" Ali with his "excessive clinching" and very few body shots, in the fights you've pointed out in comparison to todays boring heavyweights....He wasn't afraid to take chances, and THAT is exciting!! Can you imagine Wlad having the balls to rope-a-dope a stronger fighter with the utmost confidence? Or how about if Vittles didn't back straight up and out of danger against lil Chris Byrd but instead sat in the pocket trying to trade and take his head off? Is what they did/do smart? Sure. Is it exciting? Hell no!!