Muhammad Ali: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17,1942. He won a Gold Medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics as a light heavyweight boxer. As a professional Ali won the heavyweight championship three times becoming the first in history to do so. Ali fought all comers in the golden era of heavyweight boxing. Below is a list of ten of his greatest triumphs inside the squared circle.
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Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston 1
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1. Muhammad Ali K.O. 7 Sonny Liston (1964) Cassius Clay (Ali) entered the ing as a 7-1 underdog but it might as well have been 100-1 odds because everyone thought he was gonna get beat. Sonny Liston had won the title by knocking out Floyd Patterson in one round and then he defended it by knocking out Patterson again in only one round. Ali did not get intimidated he did the boasting. Ali landed constant jabs and strait, accurate rights Ashe floated away from Liston's lunging shots. Ali dominated this hall of fame boxer with ease which in retrospect is simply astonishing. After 7 rounds Liston had a swollen, bloody face and a torn shoulder so he quit. Liston's record going into the bout was 35-1.
2. Muhammad Ali K.O 8 George Foreman (1974) Ali was older and had losses to Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton on his record. Foreman won the heavyweight title by crushing Joe Frazier in two rounds with seven knock downs and defended it by knocking Ken Norton out cold in two heats. So what happens. Ali fights a close quarters bout and fights off the ropes and catches most of Big George's bombs on his arms and elbows. He uses distance sometimes though and lands nice,stiff jabs turning Foreman at times. Foreman was a big favorite and undefeated but Ali used guile, experience and more to become the only person to ever knockout this hall of fame prizefighter. Ali full of stamina knocks Foreman out in the 8th with a beautiful three punch combination that he landed while going backwards. Foreman's record entering thi match was 40-0.
3. Muhammad Ali K.O. 14 Joe Frazier (1975) Ali and Frazier had already fought two times splitting those bouts. The third and final fight featured great two way action. Ali won the early rounds by using his feints, footwork and superior jab. Frazier stormed back to batter Ali in the middle rounds. The last few rounds saw a resurrected Ali pound Frazier's eye closed and land constant combinations to Frazier's swollen face. Muhammad Ali proved that even past his prime he had enough to produce a legendary bout with Fraxier and then beat him up using everything he had to pull it off. This is considered one of the best heavyweight title fights in history. Ali had to dig deep as he looked out on his feet midway through the contest. Frazier entered this fight with a record of 32-2.
4. Muhammad Ali W12 Ken Norton (1973) Ali got his jaw broken and lost a close decision to the Mandingo Warrior the first time they met up but Ali avenged the defeat in another close, tactical battle. The difference was Ali had better conditioning the last three rounds to edge it out. Ali took several huge right hands during the bout but he also kept Norton's head bobbing up and down with a steady stream of jabs all night. Norton is a hard opponent for Ali but his jab and stamina raked out the renege win for The Greatest. Ken Norton knew how to make a hard time for Ali with his style but Ali avenged a loss with this close victory by using his brain more than anything else. Norton came into this bout with a resume reading 30-1.
5. Muhammad Ali W12 Joe Frazier (1974) This was the least exciting of their legendary three bout series but that was because it was somewhat one sided. Ali hurt Smokin Joe in round 2 with a right hand and from then on it seemed as if Frazier was just trying to recover or survive. Ali punched with speed and power as he landed jabs, right and even clean left hooks while Frazier landed sometimes but also hit the air a good amount . Ali used his brains meaning footwork, jab, angles and feints to easily dominate Frazier and avenge an earlier defeat. Frazier's record read 30-1 for this fight.
6. Muhammad Ali T.K.O. 12 Floyd Patterson (1965) Ali was the new champion and former champion Patterson had a good skill set. It was supposed to at least be a test but it was more like a lesson. A boxing lesson from Muhammad Ali. Patterson rarely landed more than a jab or a single right hand here and there. Ali landed at will with jabs, rights, hooks and uppercuts. This bout turned out to be an easy win for the champion and his great speed and reflexes can be thanked for that fact. Ali landed stinging shots the whole fight while Patterson usually was swinging at the air. Patterson carried a 43-4 record into the squared circle for this matchup.
7. Muhammad Ali W15 Earnie Shavers (1977) Ali put on a boxing display for five rounds but he began to slow down from thudding body blows landed by Shavers who is known as the hardest punching heavyweight in history by many experts. Shavers land huge left hooks and right hands in several rounds that appeared to hurt Ali. Shavers put up a great fight winning 4 or 5 rounds rather clearly but Ali started to time Shavers coming in by landing straight right hands. Ali was hurt a couple of times but he used his experience and skills to pull ahead over the last three or four rounds. Shavers brought a 54-5-1 record into the ring when he faced the amazing Ali.
8. Muhammad Ali T.K.O. 12 Jimmy Ellis (1971) For four rounds it was a close bout with every round up for grabs. Ali landed more shots but Ellis was landed the cleaner and flashier hooks. At the DVD of the fourth round Ali stood Ellis straight up with a crisp right hand that he did not see and it stunned him. Rounds five through twelve saw Ellis take a solid beating from Muhammad Ali. In the tenth and eke th rounds Ali started to tee off with lead rights and fast combinations. The 12th round was Ali's most dominate of the bout. He landed three and four punch combinations several times during the round. Finally, after Ellis stumbled from three of Ali's hardest shots the ref jumped in to save Ellis. Jimmy Ellis was 30-6 when he had his showdown with Ali.
9. Muhammad Ali T.K.O. 15 Oscar Bonavena (1970) Ali had only one match in over three years heading into this match and Bonavena has never been stopped in over 60 bouts. Bonavena showed heart and determination but Ali picked him apart with his superior speed and footwork. Ali never seemed to tire and his punch output increased as the fight wore on. In the 15th and final round Ali unleashed a brutal barrage of rights and lefts that floored Bonavena. Bonavena arose but Ali landed a four punch combo to put him down again. After an unsteady Oscar Bonavena got to his feet Ali landed a beautiful flurry to put Bonavena down and out. Bonavena carried a record of 46-6-1 into the ring with him when h challenged Muhammad Ali.
10. Muhammad Ali T.K.O. 11 Ron Lyle (1975) Ali was actually behind on the cards after five rounds of clowning and doing the rope a dope tactic which did not work at all on Lyle. Lyle did not land enough big shots but he did just enough to take an early lead. Ali stopped playing in the 6th round. From 6-11 Ali got on his toes and man handled the tough Ron Lyle like he was a newcomer to the sport. In the eleventh Ali tossed out a perfectly timed one-two and Lyle wobbled to the rope. Ali pounced and unloade his arsenal until the ref finally came to Lyle's rescue. Ron Lyle was 30-2-1 going into this title fight.
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Muhammad Ali only lost twice during his prime and he avenged those losses twice! Joe Frazier beat him in a razor close bout to give Ali his first defeat. Ali beat Frazier twice in return bouts. Ken Norton also got a close decision win over Ali but Ali beat Norton twice in rematches.
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