BRUCE LEE VS. ALI
The Civil Writer Magazine
There is a question that gets more traction than "When will Jesus return" and that is could Bruce Lee beat Ali in the boxing ring. Quentin Taratino reintroduces Bruce Lee as a cocky character.
“Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy,” Tarantino said during a press junket in Moscow. In the film, Lee challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to an on-set fight after Booth laughs when Lee says he could beat
Muhammad Ali in a fight. He also brags that his hands are considered “lethal weapons”. At 172 cm (5 ft 8 in) and weighing 64 kg (141 lb) at the time, Lee was renowned for his physical fitness and vigor, achieved by using a dedicated fitness regimen to become as strong as possible. Ali at his prime height in centimeters was 191 cm in meters, in feet- 6’ 3” and Weight in kilograms- 107 kg in pounds- 236 lbs. Bruce was screening a Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) documentary. Ali was world heavyweight champion at the time and Bruce
saw him as the greatest fighter of them all. ... Bruce knew he could never win a fight against Ali “Look at my hand,” he said. “That's a little Chinese hand. Bruce Lee was an actor and not a fighter, he did not compete in martial arts fights or tournaments, Ali had real fights with knockouts. Keeping the rules as they were in a boxing match with no kicking it would be Bruce Lee down in three as Ali would say. If kicking was allowed Bruce Lee would present a good 12 round showing with a damaged face. A compatible fight was Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki a fight between Height: 6′ 3″ Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki that was held at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo on June 26, 1976. At the time, Ali had come off a knockout victory over Richard Dunn in May and was the reigning WBC/WBA Heavyweight Champion. Inoki, who had been taught the art of catch wrestlingby legendary wrestler Karl Gotch, was staging exhibition fights against champions of various martial arts, in an attempt to show that pro wrestling was the dominant fighting discipline. The majority of the fight saw Inoki on his back kicking Ali's legs 107 times uninhibited by the referee (due to Ali being constantly being kicked in the legs he went to the hospital for swollen arteries. Ali's left leg was so badly swollen and bleeding that it led to an infection. He also suffered two blood clots in his legs affecting his mobility for the remainder of his boxing career. At one point, even although Ali insisted to the press that it was nothing serious, amputation was also discussed.