4 comments for “Cassius Clay v Cleveland Williams

  1. David
    October 13, 2018 at 01:08

    There will never be another, the greatest.

  2. James Strong
    October 13, 2018 at 07:51

    There are a number of remarkable features in this performance:

    The amount of energy expended by Ali as he moved around, this should wear him out but never seemed to.

    The knockdown at 5.24 on this video – Ali is moving backwards, throws a right hand and Williams goes down. This would appear to violate the laws of physics, how can there be power in the punch when Ali is moving backwards? He must have stopped, set himself as much as necessary and thrown the punch, but so fast it’s astonishing.

    The knockdown at 6.06, the contest was effectively over from then and it would have been better if the count had continued.

    The last 10 seconds before the finish – Williams looks completely bewildered. Don’t forget that Williams was a highly experienced professional and a fully legitimate contender, yet he looks bamboozled by what Ali is doing.

    Ali was as close to perfect that evening as any heavyweight has ever been.

    • October 13, 2018 at 10:01

      There was, of course, the residual effect of the shooting.

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