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Muhammad Ali SI Cover 1980 "He's no Liston. He's no Frazier. He's only Larry Holmes and he's nothing..." Muhammad Ali's brave trash talk about world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes prior to the former's ill-fated comeback graced the cover of this 1980 issue of Sports Illustrated. It rang hollow, though, as Holmes destroyed Ali in a horribly one-sided fight, stopping the old champ in 10 rounds.
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Added: 7th December 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Cliffy on 2011-12-07 
Good stuff Lava! Miss your videos though!
Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-12-07 
I remember reading that people who saw the fight in theatres began to cry when Holmes was beating up Ali. After the Spinks fight Ali should've called it quits. He had nothing else to prove. But in the end pride was a big factor.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-12-08 
The general consensus among boxing historians is that Ali should have retired after defeating Joe Frazier in their rubber match in Manila in 1975. That was an epic contest! Neither man was the same afterwards.

True, pride kept Ali in the ring, but money was also a mitigating factor. Ali was paying alimony to two ex-wives in 1980 (it's three now) and he also had a ridiculously large entourage on his payroll. At his title defense versus Ken Norton in 1976, Ali's entourage required 74 hotel rooms!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-12-08 
It probably sounds tacky to admit this, but I won a considerable amount of money betting my high school buddies that Larry Holmes would beat Ali. I followed boxing very closely in those days. I couldn't see how 30-year-old Larry Holmes (a skillful tactician who hadn't yet reached his peak) could possibly lose to 38-year-old Ali who had been in an obvious decline since 1975 and had last stepped into the ring in 1978.

If you watch the fight, it's a terribly one-sided affair. I don't think Ali landed more than a dozen punches on Holmes in 10 rounds. (Nobody was keeping track of punches landed in 1980.) It made the 1910 Johnson-Jeffries fight look competitive.
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