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If Larry Holmes’S Prime Had Been Roughly 10 Years Earlier Than It Was, So He Was In The Mix With Ali, Norton, Etc., How Would It Have Played Out, For His Career And Legacy?

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Well, we saw how Larry struggled with Norton, but there’s no shame in that. Everybody but Foreman struggled with Norton.

I have a different opinion than some on this one. IMHO, Larry handles them all in his prime with one exception, of course, and I don’t have to tell you who that is.

I think Larry shuts Frazier’s eyes and I think he gives Foreman a lesson. That lesson being that the jab is by far the most important weapon in separating two great fighters. Give me two great ones, and I’m taking the guy with the best jab. Larry was as big as Foreman, if I’m not mistaken, or it was close.

And remember this, all Larry has to do is go six rounds and the fight is over, Young George is done. And let’s remember this, it is true that Renaldo Snipes, not too big of a puncher, put Larry down, but Larry got up, just like he did when he took one of the best punches ever delivered in a fight by a beast of a puncher in Earnie Shavers. I honestly don’t know if Big George hits harder than Shavers. I think Holmes rides it out for six rounds and then just punishes the exhausted Foreman into submission.

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It wasn’t possible to outbox Ali of the sixties, so I just don’t see how even a jabber like Holmes could out jab Ali, and Ali of the sixties was just so much faster on his feet. Now, if we’re talking about Ali of the seventies, I think Larry ends up punishing Ali. Not like he did when they fought, of course, but I see Larry being too damn fast and too damn good for Ali of the seventies.

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