Video of Muhammad Ali dodging 21 punches in 10 seconds proves why he was the greatest

Video of Muhammad Ali dodging 21 punches in 10 seconds proves why he was the greatest

Muhammad Ali dodged 21 punches from boxer Michael Dokes in 10 seconds during an exhibition match in 1977. A snippet of the fight is now viral.

Muhammad Ali, dubbed “The Greatest”, was one boxer whose reputation preceded himself. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion ferociously defeated all his contemporaries in the boxing ring during his prime.

But Ali’s incredible skills far outlasted what historians believe were the years of his reign and an old video that has resurfaced on social media is testament to the fact.

Titled "Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches in 10 seconds (1977),” the snippet is from a 1977 exhibition match between the then-35-year-old and fellow American boxer Michael Dokes.

Ali is backed into a corner before he starts dodging all of Doakes’ punches with remarkable speed and agility.

The late boxer dodges the relentless barrage of 21 punches over the course of 10 seconds, in an epic enactment of his quote “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.

He then piled on his opponent’s humiliation by walking away and doing a little dance to mock Doakes.

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The video is proof of how, even at an advanced stage in boxing career, Ali was invincible.

Since being posted on Twitter on Saturday, it has racked up 6.8 million views and left several users in awe of the sheer talent that the legend possessed.

“I’ve never seen this. This might be the most athletic thing I’ve ever seen!,” wrote one.

Others offered some refreshing takes.

“Im not sure what is more Fascinating Ali dodging 21 punches in 10 seconds or a young Michael Dokes throwing 21 punches in 10 seconds,” a comment read.

In 1978, Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks to become the first ever to win the world heavyweight boxing title three times. He passed away at the age 74 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease in 2016.

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