Friday, June 4, 2010


Cassius Clay or later Muhammad Ali, who does not know about him? WEll, I don't know about you, but to me he is a legend, the best boxer ever born!

Yeah, I know somebody does not like him very much. They say he did not have that killer knock-out punch like George Foreman or Mike Tyson.

Well, to me his way of boxing was like a poetry in motion. He did not go in there and walloped his opponent mercilessly like Mike Tyson and George Foreman did.

He did it beautifully, dancing and jabbing and only ocassionally knocked day-light of somebody.

I remember only one time he really hurt his opponent badly. That was when he fought one giant 6 feet plus Ernie Terrel. He jabbed and boxed mercilessly until Terrel's face was so bloodied that celebrity spectators had to close their eyes in horror.

Actually there was bad blood between them two. Ali was jailed for not going to Vietneam but Terrel was excused just because he was too tall.

Joe Frazier was another opponent that Ali, on three ocassions, had to fight hard. In a tv series I recently watched, Joe Frazier proudly claimed that he was the one responsible for Ali's condition. They were never friends, them two.

Waht I want to stress about Ali is that Ali managed to draw crowds to his fights. Imagine, schools and offices allowed students and staffs to witness his fights!

Now boxing has lost its lustre. Nobody remembers who is the present-day champion. Nobody cares anymore.

Going now to wrestling who can forget the likes of Hulk Hogan, Killer Kowalski, Pat Barret, Ric Flair, Super Fly Snuka, Harley Race etc etc

Hulk Hogan and his hulkamania...


Martin Lee said...

Yes, dance like a butterfly and sting like a bee! As students, we were discussing the size of his big mouth and the impact strength of his punch that could even kill a cow!

Do not know whether the schools needed special permission from Ministry of Education to allow all students to watch Mohamed Ali fought in those matches. I still could not understand why only boxing was allowed and not Thomas cup final or world cup football final?

azahar said...

That was how Muhammad Ali pulled people all over the world to see him fights....