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    Famous Incidents of Gamesmanship/Cheating

    Well basically I just came across the story surrouding Muhammad Ali's fight against Henry Cooper and the broken vial and was wondering if anybody else knew any information surrounding the incident?

    Also a thread to discuss how far is too far? For incidents such as that delivery from Trevor Chappel or when England placed every fielder on the boundary against the West Indies.
    Are there other similar incidents where people have taken advantage of the rules?
    Are there any sports where it is still possible to do such things? Where the rules haven't been ammended?

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    Yeah, had Tom Williams and Piquet in mind.


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    Ali made a career of it. The cut glove with Cooper in their first fight (though that was Dundee's genius - Ali didn't know where he was at the time); his antics with Liston; he riled Frazier so badly he had a red mist in front of him when they fought; the rope-a-dope in Zaire; his predictions.

    As George Plimpton said - What a fighter he was, and what a man.

    Association Football goes mad with it all the time of course - diving etc. Also Tom Raudonikis using the ref as a shapherd to run past Sterlo and score in the 81 GF was genius.
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    Rope-a-dope in Zaire?

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    Yeah mate, against Foreman - Ali sprouted about how he would move around, be too fast for Foreman. Instead he laid on the ropes in front of him and let Foreman pound away for about 6 rounds til he punched himself out.

    Anyone who watches it knows it was about the most counter-intuitive thing he could have done - Foreman was an amazingly powerful puncher - would be the equivalent of standing in front of Mike Tyson and letting him hit you. He'd broken blokes' arms by hitting them, he was that powerful. Turned Frazier, who'd beaten Ali, into a basketball - knocked him down 6 times in two rounds. A terrifying individual back then.

    Here he is destroying Frazier - was a huge underdog going into that fight too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI8EQ...eature=related

    If you get a chance to watch the fight, see how Ali deflects most of the punches and hardly gets hit, while Foreman wails away at him constantly. And Ali had this ability, cos his hands were so fast for a heavyweight, to see oopenings and fight off the ropes.

    And Ali's talking to him all the time too - "That all you've got George? I thought you could hit. You're not bustin' popcorn George", Foreman was going mad with rage - by the 7th he was rat arsed - in the 8th, Ali dropped him.

    Dundee said Ali did everything wrong, but he did the wrong things right. Sums up that fight perfectly really.



    Rounds 4 & 5 are here mate - you can see Ali talking to Foreman and letting him hit him. Foreman said years later that as he was hitting Ali he was winning, but he knew in his mind he was losing. Mind games at their best.

    YouTube - Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman Rounds 4&5

    And here's Round 8 - a thing of beauty this knockout

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10ZIxV9KWgY&feature=fvw
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    Had never seen Boxing, but this is freaking Amazing. What a fighter Ali was. Real Real Champ.

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    You seen the documentary "When We Were Kings" Burgey?

    Loved it, great review on the lead up to the fight, and the fight itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Yeah mate, against Foreman - Ali sprouted about how he would move around, be too fast for Foreman. Instead he laid on the ropes in front of him and let Foreman pound away for about 6 rounds til he punched himself out.

    Anyone who watches it knows it was about the most counter-intuitive thing he could have done - Foreman was an amazingly powerful puncher - would be the equivalent of standing in front of Mike Tyson and letting him hit you. He'd broken blokes' arms by hitting them, he was that powerful. Turned Frazier, who'd beaten Ali, into a basketball - knocked him down 6 times in two rounds. A terrifying individual back then.

    Here he is destroying Frazier - was a huge underdog going into that fight too.

    YouTube - 1973 kingston Joe Frazier vs George Foreman complete 2-2

    If you get a chance to watch the fight, see how Ali deflects most of the punches and hardly gets hit, while Foreman wails away at him constantly. And Ali had this ability, cos his hands were so fast for a heavyweight, to see oopenings and fight off the ropes.

    And Ali's talking to him all the time too - "That all you've got George? I thought you could hit. You're not bustin' popcorn George", Foreman was going mad with rage - by the 7th he was rat arsed - in the 8th, Ali dropped him.

    Dundee said Ali did everything wrong, but he did the wrong things right. Sums up that fight perfectly really.



    Rounds 4 & 5 are here mate - you can see Ali talking to Foreman and letting him hit him. Foreman said years later that as he was hitting Ali he was winning, but he knew in his mind he was losing. Mind games at their best.

    YouTube - Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman Rounds 4&5

    And here's Round 8 - a thing of beauty this knockout

    YouTube - Ali vs Foreman - Round 8
    Thanks for all that Burgey - really enjoyed reading and watching them. Ali knocking out Foreman still sends shivers down my spine. Perhaps because I can still hear Harry Carpenter's commentary of the moment - a combination of astonishment, awe, relief and sheer happiness. The emotion of the moment is absolutely tangible - and Carpenter sounds as close to tears of joy as I have ever heard a commentator. There was those who genuinely feared for Ali's life going in against Foreman at 32, and this was one of the sporting moments of my lifetime. Heavyweight boxing mattered in those days, in a way that it probably never will again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Well basically I just came across the story surrouding Muhammad Ali's fight against Henry Cooper and the broken vial and was wondering if anybody else knew any information surrounding the incident?

    Also a thread to discuss how far is too far? For incidents such as that delivery from Trevor Chappel or when England placed every fielder on the boundary against the West Indies.
    Are there other similar incidents where people have taken advantage of the rules?
    Some would mention Bodyline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    You seen the documentary "When We Were Kings" Burgey?

    Loved it, great review on the lead up to the fight, and the fight itself.
    Yeah mate, a great film. Love Norman Mailer and Plimpton's input. Two fine gentlemen - I'm a massive Mailer fan - thought he was a great author - The Fight, his book on Zaire, is a cracker, despite a few self indulgent moments early on. Commend it to you if you've not read it.

    Ali, well I'm biased, but I love that man. I appreciate what he did as an athlete, but what he did as an acivist, in his own simple way, was incredible. I wept like a child when I shook his hand in 2000, just stood there and cried. Poor bugger shuffling around, could hardly speak, but he just had the most amazing presence of anyone I've ever seen in my life.

    And yeah David, I very much doubt heavyweight boxing will ever mean as much again. I held out hopes when Lewis came through, but it wasn't to be. What an era the mid-to-late 60s-70s was - Patterson, Liston, Ali, Cooper, Ernie Terrell was a good fighter, George Chauvalo, Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis, Frazier, Foreman, Norton, Holmes, Ernie Shavers.

    Those guys were fantastic. Best heavyweight era ever imo, and by some margin.
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