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tradmanclimbs

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Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 6, 2012 - 04:35am PT
I just watched this documentary. very cool. it reminds us of some of the other great fighters of the time who beat Ali. Foreman, Norton and Fraizer and others who gave him a serious run for his money. A few who also got robbed.. Boxing was pretty corrupt back then...
Also stunning how punchy most of the guys were at the time of the documentary. The most articulate was George Foreman. George got out of the game eariler than most of the rest of them and seemed to have survived his comeback years. Leon Spinks might have been born a bit punchy?
Riley Wyna

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A crack near you
Dec 6, 2012 - 05:07am PT
With what we now know, concerning the damage even mild head injuries cause to the brain, it is amazing any of them are alive at all.
We can certainly understand now that many of even most of the legendary social, mental health and personal problems fighters have later in life are directly related to head blows.
GDavis

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Dec 6, 2012 - 06:04am PT
With the way the athletic comission was run, if it even existed.... yeah, good thing most of those guys are still around. Getting KO'd only to rise to eight counts... a few weeks doing it again.... and doing it in practice...


Yikes.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2012 - 06:10am PT
When you see early footage of Leon spinks that kid couldn't talk even when he was an amatuer so maybe he dosen't count. Most of the other guys though are scrambled, not just born slow like Leon.
tradmanclimbs

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Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2012 - 06:19am PT
The more interesting part of the documentary is how many guys either beat Ali or should have but got robbed by the dirty game. Ali was great but not nearly as invincable as legend would have it..
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