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Eric B
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Eric B asked in SportsBoxing · 9 years ago

WHAT IF: Cassius Clay Vs. Wladimir Klitschko?

Aficionados,

What if:

Cassius Clay* fought Wladimir (Volodymyr Volodymyrovych) Klychko in a Heavyweight Boxing Match in London**:

Q 1. Who would win in a 12 round, heavyweight bout?

* Think Clay, because when Ali was Clay he was faster, lighter, younger, and frankly better because he was not so fat.

** London, because unlike Vegas, it does not allow the P.E.D. xylocaine, commonly used by cheaters like Floyd Mayweather to unfairly numb hands artificially.

Big Note for above Q:

1. Both Clay and Klitschko are fighting IN THEIR own respective, physical primes.

2. Disregard the eras they fought in: "think both in their prime, facing off against each other".

Tale o' the tape:

Clay: 6 feet 3 inches / 80 inch reach

W. Klitschko: 6 feet 6 inches / 81 inch reach

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  • 9 years ago
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    IT's a great question because Wladimir is, as close to the perfect boxer as one can be. He throws every punch correcly, blocks well and doesn't waste punches or, for his size, power.

    The problem Wladimir runs into is that he has never faced a fleet footed adversary like Clay. Now, if you're talking about the 22 year old kid, who embarrassed Sonny Liston, he presents a serious problem for Wladimir. ALI-64 was NOT prime. He didn't reach his prime until 66-67. Still, because of the way Clay fought, Wladimir would have problems. It's the one style he would have trouble solving because Clay could move for 15 rounds, while Wladimir doesn't perform well, if his opponent is not right in front of him.

    With near equal reach, the 3 inches height difference becomes meaningless. This is because there is a drastic difference in how quick the jab is used. Clay is much faster. Also, it doesn't matter what your power advantage is. It's rendered useless when you can't see what's coming at you, or catch this guy who keeps hitting you.

    Wladimir would want to impose his strength. However, once he moves in, Clay darts away. In the rare occasion that Wladimir would catch him, Clay would clinch just long enough to dart away, even before the referee could break them.

    Wladimir would land punches. The problem is that he can't put enough of them together, at any one time, to seriously hurt Clay. After missing so many punches, a fighter's arms become 50 lb. clubs. Wladimir is, perhaps, the best conditioned heavyweight of all time. However, he still has never had great stamina. Chasing, swinging and missing would sap any fighter's stamina.

    Clay W 12.

    If it's 15, Clay by TKO in 14.

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  • teodor
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    9 years ago

    It would be like Ali vs. Chuck Wepner, only in their younger years.

    Klitschko would put up a good fight and would cause some trouble with his size and equally busy hands but Clay would dance in and out while punishing him with jabs and combinations.

    The Klitschkos have never seen and faced a fairly big opponent who can not only run circles around them but beat them to the punch. Just following Clay dancing and moving around in either direction would make KLitchkos tizzy.

    Clay by UD in 12 and by KO/TKO if the fight is scheduled beyond 12.

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  • 9 years ago

    first of all there are many key factors to look at before answering this question such as training even opponents they faced! you stated a very good point about cassiuss' faster, lighter, younger self while in his prime, the greatest of all time. as for klychko hes is also a very talented fighter but personally i think that cassius would end up winning by decicion because he simply knew the sport of boxin

    Source(s): seen matches
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  • 9 years ago

    Ali wins

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