With the recent passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, the world is reflecting on his legacy in and outside of the ring and his moniker as ‘The Greatest’ has never been quite so apt. Outside of perhaps Sugar Ray Robinson, Ali’s achievements in the ring top every credible list that’s ever been compiled when determining the greatest prizefighter that’s ever laced them up.
That certainly hasn’t stopped the public from dreaming up a fantasy scenario where a prime Mike Tyson, who was perhaps the most feared heavyweight of all-time, and a prime Muhammad Ali cross paths in what is sure to be the most explosive fantasy fight that has never been witnessed.
Styles make fights, however, and there’s no telling how any fight would go down until it actually happens. In this case, it never will, but perhaps this fascinating encounter between the great Muhammad Ali and legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato can help give us insight into what could have happened.
D’Amato is seen here looking like a near mirror image to Tyson as he so elegantly portrays the ‘peek-a-boo’ boxing style he began training him over a decade after this video aired. Not to be outdone, Ali gives D’Amato a taste of his quick hands and even quicker tongue in this highly entertaining, trash-talk-laden showdown between true greats.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, generally regarded as the most significant heavyweight in the history of the sport. Early in his career, Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly. [Source: wiki]