Believe it or not Big George Foreman was no taller than Muhammad Ali.
But wasn’t Big George a giant that loomed over little Muhammad. 217 pound Big George Foreman stalked tiny 210 pound Muhammad. Wait let me check those numbers again…Ok, yeah, seven pounds, the difference between a big welterweight and a small welterweight. In many divisions, not even a weight class of a difference. Somehow I must have got it wrong Big George must be much, much taller than Muhammad. But if he was that much taller and bigger, how could he only weight seven pounds more? Let me check to make sure my first sentence is really true…yeah, both are 6’3. What?????
What??? I have to ask myself. What??? You’ve got to ask yourself. And What??? am I trying to say? Now that I have you thinking with a clear mind. Now that history’s numbers are coming right down the center, straight for the place your nose used to be, before reality lands like a right from Wladimir Klitschko. That’s right! This is all in defense of Wladimir Klitschko.
Wladimir is 6’7. Four inches taller than Big George Foreman and little Muhammad. That is a bigger than the difference between Paul Williams and Winky Wright. (Did you see that fight?) Four inches often separates guards and centers in basketball.
Big George was a plump 217, at his best. No one has ever described Muhammad as shredded or ripped up. Wladimir Klitschko has never been anything but shredded. Ripped up like a "cool" pair of your jeans from the 90’s. At 245 pounds! Almost 30 pounds heavier than Big George or Muhammad. I know the fight doesn’t take place on a stage, with each combatant oiled, wearing less than bikinis. I know the fight does not end with the tale of the tape. But one man is a giant, as small as he can be, and the other two are as large as they can be, but small in comparison.
This is simply to emphasize the difference in size between, the biggest boxer of all time and really the BIGGEST boxer of his time and Wladimir Klitschko. Next time you watch an old Big George fight, watch the crispness of his punches. The sharpness of his strikes. (What you will see is the lack thereof and the looping hooks and awkward slaps.) (Yeah I said it. Watch it! Foreman’s combinations tended to turn into slaps.) Compare that, to the sharpness and crispness of "mechanical" Wladimir Klitschko.
Look at it, as it is. Not how you were told to think. Be real. Just because he is on your wall. And he was funny and clever, doesn’t mean he’ll be able to lean around while Wladimir Klitschko gets gassed. Maybe early in his career Wladimir Klitschko would have gone for it. No longer. He’s too big. He’s too long. He’s too fit. He’s "mechanical" enough to follow the game plan. For all the heat Wladimir Klitschko takes from "boxing people" and unconcerned observers, I’m sorry for your loss, but Big 6’3 George Foreman would have little to no shot, and the greatest would probably end of being just the latest to fail, trying to solve the mechanical Wladimir Klitschko.
So please, the next time someone says they want a real heavyweight champion. Someone like Mike Tyson…5’11 Mike Tyson…you know where I’m going with this…
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