This is an analysis which goes opponent by opponent over the lesser known facts in the professional career of the self called "The Greatest" :
Tunney Hunsaker , 1st opponent since the beginning of professional career :
Olympic champion Ali jabbed his way to a six round shutout in his professional debut against small town police chief Tunney Hunsaker, whose eyes were nearly swollen shut by the end of this bout. Although Hunsaker was never inducted into the Pro Boxing Hall of Fame, he was later inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
Tony Esperti , 3rd opponent since the beginning of professional career :
Esperti was on his feet and seemingly not too hurt when referee Mike Kaplan stopped it because Esperti "was beginning to bust up around the eyes." (Miami News)
Jimmy Robinson , 4th opponent since the beginning of professional career :
Robinson was a last minute substitute for Willie Gulatt, who failed to appear.
Sonny Banks , 1962 :
quote from boxrec :
"~ Clay was knocked down in the 1st round, Banks was knocked down in the 2nd. ~"
Billy Daniels , 1962 :
Daniels got cut in the second round which eventually stopped the fight.
Archie Moore , 1962 :
Archie Wright was 46 years old by the time they fought , it's less relevant than James Toney stopping Holyfield come 2003 , Lewis KOing Tyson come 2002 or better , Tyson's stoppage losses to Kevin McBride & Danny Williams . This is how credible "The Greatest"'s wins over The "Old Mongoose" is . Clay did not do what Charles , Marchegiano and Patterson could not do before him .
Doug Jones , 1963 :
I watched this fight at least 3 times , the first time was on T.V. , and I thought to myself , who is winning the fight , is this the Muhammad Ali everyone regards as the best heavyweight (sometimes fighter) of all time ?
Jones had Ali hurt early in the fight , and chased him from the beginning until the last bell , Ali never hurt Jones as much .
Henry Cooper , 1963 & 1966 :
1) Angelo Dundee , Ali's (then Clay's) trainer cut his glove vs cooper in their first fight in order to buy Ali recovery time after Cooper knocked him down .
2) Cooper's chin was proven as "below granite" , prior and since their first fight , yet it was not why Ali is listed as the winner against him .
3) Yet ali went down and received smelling salts
4) after dundee cut his glove and ali got his smelling salts and glove replaced - Ali won due 2 cuts , against a proven bleeder
5) Is there anything else I need to know or did not mention about the Cooper fights ?
At 1966 the story was :
A bad cut over Cooper's left eye forced stoppage.
Sonny Liston , 1964 & 1965 :
Liston's true age is one of the enigmas surrounding these fights .
In their first fight Ali cut Liston like he did with most of his opponents , and fled away from danger like he almost always did .
A dive is sometimes mentioned as one of the explanations to the outcome of their second fight .
Floyd Patterson , 1965 & 1972 :
Floyd had a crippled back in their first fight and was 37 years old in the second .
George Chuvalo , 1966 & 1972 :
Ali was hospitalized after their first fight and peed blood .
Ernie Terrell , 1967 :
Ali thumbed Terrell , but failed to stop him nonetheless .
Jerry Quarry , 1970 & 1972 :
Ali won twice due to cuts over another undersized proven cutter/bleeder .
Ken Norton , 1973 (* 2) , 1976 :
Some say Norton deserved the verdicts all 3 times .
George Foreman , 1974 :
I will post a thread dedicated for this fight only in d future
4d moment being , enjoy and learn from this good article :
Conspiracy Theory: Was The Rumble in the Jungle Fixed? | Ringside Report
Jimmy Young , 1976 :
I once read that : " Jimmy Young gave Ali a boxing lesson to end all boxing lessons "
Earnie Shavers , 1977 :
Yet another disputed verdict by the judges
In my opinion , I believe that immediate rematches with Jones , Cooper , Chuvalo , Terrell , Foreman , Young , Shavers and a 4th match with Norton were much more needed than fighting the likes of Brian London , Karl Mildenberger , Jean Pierre Coopman , Richard Dunn and Alfredo Evangelista .
Yet he found the time to fight Joe Bugner twice , Alvin Lewis , old and worn Zora Folley and old and literally shot Cleveland Williams , etc .
There is more to be told about Ali's style of fouling , which some insist to consider as boxing .
Things like holding and hitting behind the head .
Factoid : did you know that Ali received testosterone injections ? like in steroids . But you only see people people call Toney a roider .
U can dismiss this as suspicion / conspiracy theory but whenever a man cuts & swells so many men so often and enough 2 stop them that man is a suspect 4 loading his gloves .
Loading might also b d reason 2 Y Ali's glove was cut vs Henry Cooper in their 1st fight , but i suspect it was Angelo Mirena ("Dundee") in order 2 buy him time .
D full uncut unedited version of Cooper #1 is mysteriously lost and unavailable . What u c in youtube is d edited and cut version in which u don't c d duration of d extended break between rds which Mirena caused by cutting Ali's glove at some stage .
In regards 2 it , i believe that this was d reason 2y Ali told him in Manilla in 1975 2 "cut d glove" . Ali never wanted 2 quit in a fight , he just wanted 2 cheat 2 buy him recovery time like in Cooper #1 .
After Ali was announced as d victor in Manilla after Frazier could not come out of his corner due 2 swelling around his eyes (and being blind in 1 of them anyway) Ali collapsed and was rendered unconscious without even being punched again . He knew Y he wanted 2 cheat , what Mirena ("Dundee") helped him at and did 4 him his whole career .
This is your "The Greatest"'s story .