Feature | Dec 29 2014

As Muhammad Ali proved, size does not matter

Gavin Evans explores some old myths and looks at a BIG issue

THERE are a few things professional boxers might tell you about themselves that should have you reaching for the salt cellar.

A boxer who tells you he gets stronger as the fight goes on is always talking through his rear end (it is physiologically impossible: in reality, what might happen, is that his opponent is getting weaker, quicker).

Likewise, a titleholder who loses his crown after being outboxed and then complains that he deserved to win because ‘you have to take the fight to the champion’ is always talking nonsense (because there’s nothing in the scoring system that gives bonus points to champions or deficit points to challengers).