Was Braddock’s win over Baer as impressive as Ali’s win over Foreman?

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Was Braddock’s win over Baer as impressive as Ali’s win over Foreman?

Evan Fields


Think about it...a past prime slick boxer beating a much bigger, far more powerful monster of a heavyweight champion in his prime. There are a lot of parrells between those wins.
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Re: Was Braddock’s win over Baer as impressive as Ali’s win over Foreman?

Duggerman
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You could make parrells but here’s the thing.

Ali was light years ahead of Braddock, and Foreman was bigger and stronger than Baer, and with a much better jab.

Braddock did well by countering and avoiding Max’s fatal right hand, but Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy was pure genius. Also, I don’t see Braddock pulling off a win against Foreman the way he did against Baer. Those tactics simply would not work. Braddock wouldn’t last two rounds.

And lastly, Ali actually KNOCKED OUT Big George. Braddock got a relatively close decision over Baer.

Ali and Foreman were both massive upgrades to the styles Braddock and Baer had, and generally counter-punchers or mobile fighters beat the slugging brawlers like Max and George. Braddock was more of a stationary textbook counterpuncher, while Ali was a mobile counterpuncher with much more in his arsenal.
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Re: Was Braddock’s win over Baer as impressive as Ali’s win over Foreman?

It's Dale
Duggerman wrote
You could make parrells but here’s the thing.

Ali was light years ahead of Braddock, and Foreman was bigger and stronger than Baer, and with a much better jab.

Braddock did well by countering and avoiding Max’s fatal right hand, but Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy was pure genius. Also, I don’t see Braddock pulling off a win against Foreman the way he did against Baer. Those tactics simply would not work. Braddock wouldn’t last two rounds.

And lastly, Ali actually KNOCKED OUT Big George. Braddock got a relatively close decision over Baer.

Ali and Foreman were both massive upgrades to the styles Braddock and Baer had, and generally counter-punchers or mobile fighters beat the slugging brawlers like Max and George. Braddock was more of a stationary textbook counterpuncher, while Ali was a mobile counterpuncher with much more in his arsenal.
I like your angle, AJ. I'll just add to that that Ali had the whole world watching the Rumble In The Jungle. The drama and theater of the whole thing made it a "must see" fight. The Braddock-Baer fight lacked the hype. The only similarity was that both Ali and Braddock were predicted to be knocked out easy.

The Braddock-Baer fight did OK financially but it didn't set the world on fire and it's not half as memorable as the RITJ. In fact, if it wasn't for the Cinderella Man film, a lot of people wouldn't even know about the Braddock-Baer fight