Would Ali be allowed to fight?
Would the Muhammad Ali who lost to Holmes and berbick around 1980,1981 be allowed to fight today. With the amount of medical examinations and check ups a modern fighter has to have before a fight would Ali even be allowed to step into the ring?? Also any current boxers who should be told they are no longer allowed to fight? Thanks
- teodorLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Had the modern medical examinations been in place in 1980-1981, I think Muhammad Ali would not have been allowed to return to boxing after his retirement a couple of years before. As early as before his two fights versus Leon Spinks, signs of the impending Parkinson's disease had already been detected by his long time physician, Freddie Pacheco who had to quit his camp after Ali refused his advise for him to retire. That was before Ali fought the hard hitting Ernie Shavers who was able to pummel Ali with some ponderous head punches. When Ali first retired in 1979, his physical condition started to decline and he was prone to stuttering, a tell-tale sign that something was wrong.
Among the still active boxers today, I strongly believe that Roy Jones, Jr., James Toney, Evander Holyfield and Hashim Rahman ought to be told that they are no longer allowed to fight. I also believe that, Andre Berto, Alfredo Angulo, Cristobal Cruz, Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron, Ivan Calderon, Omar Soto, Archie and Jorge Solis and even Orlando Salido, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto ought to be told to already hang them up.
If Juan Manuel Lopez loses by stoppage to Mikey Garcia today, he also has to go.
Ditto with Manny Pacquiao if he loses badly to Brandon Rios in November.
Win, lose or draw versus Bradley, I think Juan Manuel Marquez also ought to keep his fighting shoes in the drawer for good.
- 7 years ago
All the people who run the US and the world knew Ali would be a huge force in politics and as a public speaker and had the personality to be as big and influential as Martin Luther King Jr and they poisoned him to keep him silent. The most influential and effective thing about Ali was his SPEAKING ability, and that is what he lost right towards the end of his boxing career right before his retired. If he still was able to speak, he would have had an even greater, massive impact on the world, but the people who are in power, you can call them the Illuminatti if you want, made sure that he wouldn't be able to talk again once he retired and stopped making everyone money. If you really think about it, it makes perfect sense. Ali didn't take any more punches to the head than any other boxer who fought as long as he did.
- blogbabaLv 67 years ago
I would like to believe they would have more sense today than they did in the past, but boxing has always been a sewer, and if money is to be made off the bones of an old sick, name figher, there has always been vultures waiting for the opportunity.
The manner in which Ali ended his career will forever stain boxing, it was a disgrace to all who participated in the last couple fights, and a heartfelt tragedy to millions. The same can be said for Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr. and countless others. Boxing has always been a hard way to make a living, and there is no place for weakness in the business.
- bundiniLv 77 years ago
No. Even before facing Holmes, the damage in Ali was all but obvious. He was slurring and speaking softly and slowly, which was unusual for a man known for his loud mouth. And he didn't have the agility that a topnotch athlete is supposed to have. You wouldn't need an examination to conclude that something's wrong with him physically.
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- 7 years ago
i doubt it. regulations would be pretty strict and they would been able to tell that he was in the early stages of parkinsons.
fighters that shouldnt be alllowed to fight now would be roy jones jr, evander holyfield, audley harrison, rahman and pretty much all of those fighters you see with records like 4 wins 50 losses
- Anonymous7 years ago
I dont think so