Why don't more people accept that the best heavyweight boxers of the last 20 years would beat boxers like Ali because of the size difference?
- RayLv 61 month agoFavorite Answer
People put greats of the past on a pedestal, especially Muhammad Ali because of what he did outside of the ring [civil rights activist].
Regardless, we really do not know how they'd do against Ali. While the fighters are generally bigger, styles make fights. Ali beat bigger men, but he also lost to smaller men. We can only compare accomplishments inside the ring. In the ring the only boxers who's accomplishment was better then Ali since he retired are Larry Holmes and Wladamir Klitschko. Lennox Lewis was great but not as great. Deontay Wilder is getting up there.
The most accomplished heavyweight in history is Joe Louis but he doesn't get much respect from casuals today. He was not a giant but he beat plenty of big men. He beat Primo Carnera, who was 6'6'' and in his prime 270lbs of muscle. As tall as AJ/Wladamir but he had a solid 20-30lbs more mass on him, and in his prime he was shredded [a few good photos out there of him training in his prime]. He had killed a man in the ring once RIP, he also had one of the highest ko% in championship heavyweight history. Joe Louis smoked him but does not get much love.
- JoseLv 41 month ago
Andy Ruiz Jr. is 6'2" with a 74" reach...and he TKO'd Joshua (6'6" tall) in their first fight. Muhammad Ali was 6'3" tall with a 78" reach.
And before mentioning weight difference...THINK.
Ruiz's feet have always been slow and his whole fighting style is based on setting counters versus fighters in front of him. Joshua was also outbox by Erislandy Savon in the amateurs - a fighter only about 6'3 1/2" tall - only to be gifted a decision.
What does this tell you? Better technical fighters than Ruiz Jr. from the past would either thoroughly outbox / TKO AJ, Fury, or Wilder.
- Trump 2020Lv 71 month ago
Traditional boxing is classier. There are strict rules. These fighters today look like a bunch of dirty street brawlers, kicking and punching their opponent while he's down. it's just brawling with few rules. I don't like it at all. With all their dirty tricks, they probably could beat a real boxer.
- Robert B.Lv 61 month ago
Size doesn't mean everything. I'm sure Ali beat opponents bigger than he was.