Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Murmurings of a Boxing Madman: George Foreman vs Ron Lyle From 1976

Source: Murmurings of a Boxing Madman-
Source: Murmurings of a Boxing Madman: George Foreman vs Ron Lyle- 1976

George Foreman, knocking out one of the strongest fighters whose ever fought in Ron Lyle. What separates Big George and Big Lyle, I think has to do with the professional training that Forman had that he started as an amateur and of course the 1968 Summer Olympics. Ron Lyle, on the other hand learned how to box as a prison inmate in prison and learned how to fight there so he could make a legitimate living once he got out of prison. And my point here is not to put Lyle down who was one of the hardest hitting and best power-punchers in boxing in the 1970s. But to show that Foreman wasn't just a slugger who would win his fights by landing the last big shot. But he was a boxer who knew how to box. How to take a punch and how to avoid punches. And he also had great training from Archie Moore and others. You could probably flip a coin as far as who was the stronger fighter and puncher in this fight. But Foreman was clearly the better boxer. George Forman, two-time World Heavyweight Champion. One of the best heavyweights of all-time. Can't say the same about Ron Lyle.