Video of boxing legend dodging 21 punches for 10 seconds has gone viral

Muhammad Ali showed that age is just a number by using his famous ‘drug rope’ tactic to avoid taking damage in an exhibition match against Michael Dokes in 1977.

The boxing legend competed in the special event a few months before he fought Earnie Shavers in September of that year.

Over a thousand were in attendance at the Miami Beach Convention Center and the former three-time undisputed world heavyweight champion did not disappoint.

Ali, then 35, made it look something like a perfectly executed scene from a movie as he dodged 21 punches in just 10 seconds.

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Now, admittedly, his opponent at the time was much more inexperienced, but it was still quite impressive.

What makes it even funnier is that Dokes had actually messaged Ali two years before they shared the ring together.

“My hands are so fast they can’t catch them on film,” he told Sports Illustrated per Huffington Post. “I said to Muhammad Ali, ‘I’ll get you, old man, so you better get out while you can. “”

VIDEO: Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches in 10 seconds

Watch the video below…

That probably wasn’t the best thing to say, was it?

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Obviously rather out of shape and quite clearly overweight, Ali retreated to a corner and put his arms on the ropes at some point during the fight.

But Dokes managed to hit nothing but air for the best part of 10 seconds despite his best efforts, as Ali proved too elusive before hilariously taunting him with a little movement of the hips.

Twitter user “Fight Videos That Go Hard” shared the video on social media with the caption: “Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches in 10 seconds.”

The incredible archive footage – which has had 9.7 million views, 350,000 likes and over 45,000 retweets – understandably went viral after being shared on social media earlier this month.

Nicknamed “The Greatest”, Ali is widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time and the only man to win Ring Magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” award six times.

He was the main superstar of the American boxing team which won three gold medals at the Rome Olympics in 1960, beating Zbigniew Pietrzykowski in the final.

And, in the winter of 1964, he became the heavyweight champion for the first time when he defeated Sonny Liston in one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

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