In 1977, Ali fought Michael Dokes, who wasn’t the same caliber of a boxer as say, Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, or George Foreman was, but he was no slouch, either.
Dokes held the WBA heavyweight title from 1982-83, so even if he wasn’t Ali’s most formidable opponent, he was certainly worthy to stand in the same ring as Ali.
He just maybe wished he hadn’t.
As expected, Ali won; that wasn’t the extraordinary part. Along with clowning and mugging it up for the cameras, Ali did exactly what he proclaimed he did years earlier: He floated like a butterfly amidst a fury of Dokes’ punches.