Muhammad Ali at 70: The Emotional End of His Boxing Career (Video)


This is a clip from one of the countless TV specials that have been dedicated to Muhammad Ali over the last 30 years. One of the brutal realities of boxing as a spectator sport, and for fans of the sport, is that eventually, you will watch your favorite fighters lose it. It's never pretty. This is a demanding, violent, often cringe-inducing profession.

But there may have never been a sadder exit from the sport, on such a massive level, with video evidence to relive painfully, than that of Muhammad Ali. This clip focuses on his fight with Larry Holmes in October 1980. Ali was, to be kind, a shell of his former self. He was nowhere near the man who had once ruled the ring.

[ Related: Ali Tribute Video From GP ]

Ali, of course, lost badly, and would lose badly again in another ill-advised comeback attempt in 1981 against Trevor Berbick. Ali did not win a single second of his fight with Holmes, who had the unfortunate and regrettable task of having to pummel a legend.

* * * * *

"I begged him -- begged him to quit. He said to me, 'I wanna show you something,' and he took his shirt off. It was absolutely mind-boggling. He looked exactly the way he looked when he fought Sonny Liston the first time. And I said, 'That doesn't prove anything, Muhammad.' And he said, 'Well, I fooled you then, and I'm gonna fool you tomorrow.' And I wish he had." -- Jerry Izenberg

"Then they rang the bell. And within a round, you knew it wasn't Ali." -- Ron Borges

"To watch him just get beaten up without putting up a fight -- he's just standing in a corner, just being beaten to a pulp. It brought tears to my eyes." -- Charley Steiner

"I remember sitting there at ringside, and Holmes shouting to the referee, 'Stop this! Stop it! I'm gonna hurt him!' And then boom, hitting him. I don't think Ali hit him five times all night. It was the saddest sports event I ever covered." -- John Schulian

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker