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Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is separated by no more than six social connections.
In other words, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Queen Elizabeth. Or so the concept goes.
We’re borrowing the six degrees concept – well, sort of loosely – to connect fighters from the past to their more contemporary counterparts in our new occasional feature, “Degrees of Separation.”
Example: Let’s connect Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Super easy; we did it in two steps. Senior fought Grover Wiley, who fought Junior.
In this installment of the Boxing Junkie feature, we decided to link current heavyweight king Tyson Fury to another big man known for his athleticism and gift of gab, the late, great Muhammad Ali.
Ali last fought in 1981, 40 years ago. Still, we were able to connect Fury to Ali in only four steps thanks in part to George Foreman’s decision to return to boxing after a 10-year hiatus.
Have a look:
Muhammad Ali fought …
George Foreman, who fought …
Axel Schulz, who fought …
Wladimir Klitschko, who fought …