Muhammad Ali is regarded as the best boxer of all time by most people who are fans of the sport. He was articulate, smart, and a warrior inside and outside of the squared circle. Here is a small list of his most memorable fights during his incredible boxing career.
Sonny Liston I- “The Louisville Lip” out talked Liston outside of the ring, then outboxed him in the boxing ring with a show of brilliant speed that landed him the TKO in the sixth round. He broke out the patented “Ali Shuffle” and the win moved his fight record to 20-0.
Fight Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Floyd Patterson I- It was a classic war between two warriors, where “The Greatest,” systematically broke Floyd Patterson down to score a 12 round tko. With the victory his fight record moved to 22-0.
Fight Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Joe Frazier II- This was the fight that truly displayed Ali’s brilliance, craftiness, and resourcefulness in the boxing ring by the way he mixed wonderful combinations throughout the night to score a 12 round decision over Frazier. It was an important win to get some redemption on “Smokin’ Joe” and moved his fight record to 46-2.
Fight Location: New York City, New York
George Foreman- This officially helped Ali become the greatest as no fighter has gone through a tougher gauntlet of two opponents back to back then Frazier and Foreman. “The Greatest” worked his magic and pulled off an improbably eight round knockout. By winning “The People’s Champion” became an international star and the win moved his fight record to 47-2.
Fight Location: Kinshasa, Zaire
Leon Spinks- It was the last win of his career and a great display of stamina as he pulled out a 15 round decision over Leon Spinks. The win moved his fight record to 56-3.
Fight Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
In the ring, there has never been a more complete fighter than Muhammad Ali. He could back up any thing that came out of his mouth and never ran from any challenges. It is easy to touch an opponent with a glove, but difficult to impact the world, but this is one fighter who managed to do both, which is why he will always be remembered as the greatest boxer of all time.