In my article Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight record in a nutshell I described how modern fans would view the opponents of Ali, would Ali fight in our times.
The fight Klitschko vs Mormeck has been called…
- "an embarrassing and pathetic mismatch"
- "an absurd mismatch"
- "a gross mismatch"
- "a disgusting mismatch"
- "a stay busy fight"
- and Mormeck has been called "a fat bum when Wlad fought him"
- (all original quotes)
Yet Mormeck had won 6 cruiserweight championships, which during the era of Muhammad Ali would be considered "6 world heavyweight titles".
Due to a change in the definition of "heavyweight" we have nowadays the bizarre situation, that what we call "cruiserweight", has been called "heavyweight" in Ali's times. And what was called "heavyweight" in Ali's times would run as "cruiserweight" now, since borderline boxers (around 210 lbs) like Ken Norton (median fighting weight 209 lbs) or Joe Frazier (median fighting weight 205 lbs) would fight other borderline boxers under the promotion "cruiserweight".
Mormeck would be heavyweight champ back then, and Ali's opponents like Joe Frazier would be probably nothing more than cruiserweight champs nowadays.
Even more important: Cruisers nowadays undergo an artificial weight loss days (sometimes hours) before the weigh-in, and then at fight night they weigh 10-30 lbs more. Therefore a lot of Mormeck's fights would not only have been called "heavyweight" in Ali's times, but they actually were heavyweight even in our times. Or did you think that the world cruiserweight title fight Jean-Marc Mormeck vs O'Neil Bell was really 198 lbs vs 198 lbs?
So what would a bout Mormeck vs Ali mean?
It would mean that Ali would have fought one of the best opponents he has ever faced. In fact Muhammad Ali never won against someone at real heavyweight 200×2 who had been a 6x championship winner and a unified champion.
Additionally Mormeck would have been one of the heaviest (heavier than Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, and only 1 lbs lighter than George Foreman's average fighting weight in the 1970s) and possibly the most athletic guy Muhammad Ali ever KO'ed.
Take a look at this visual comparison:
Jean-Marc Mormeck at the weigh-in before his fight against Wladimir Klitschko:
THAT'S what I am talking about. AliFants live in some fantasy land, where Mormeck (216 lbs, 6 world title wins) is "a fat bum", yet Ali 216 lbs is an out-of-the-world athlete fighting against an out-of-the-world athlete Foreman 220 lbs.
Mormeck vs Wlad, which was merely a stay busy fight…
- featured far more athleticity and heavyweight'ness and resume'ness (13 combined world title wins vs 23 combined world title wins) than Ali vs Foreman (nearly twice as many)
- beats Ali vs Foreman out of the water when it comes to athleticity
- featured better performance (faster pace, faster KO)
Just imagine Wlad would have rope-a-doped the whole fight against Mormeck as did Ali vs Foreman. Klitschko haters would get epileptic seizures how boring Wlad kills the sport.
That's how much the division has changed: What was considered a hallmark of an era (Ali vs Foreman) would be nowadays a pretty unathletic, pretty light bout, pretty boring and even a proof of a terrible era.
That's how much the division changed: Wlad's stay busy fights > Ali's hallmark fights.
One could even make the case that a win of Muhammad Ali win against Jean-Marc Mormeck would have been Ali's greatest heavyweight win of his entire career.
People are so deluded by Ali's opponents' FAME NAMES and so brainwashed by the mantras "Wladimir Klitschko fights BUMS" and "The Klitschko era is the worst era in heavyweight history" that they start to laugh when you told them that…
- Jean-Marc Mormeck would probably be Muhammad Ali's greatest win
- Jean-Marc Mormeck would be a highlight of Muhammad Ali's career
- Jean-Marc Mormeck would be a proof of the superiority of the Muhammad Ali era.
It's inconceivable to today's fans because they have been completely brainwashed of what is going on now and what was going on 40-50 years ago.
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