| Having performed his 'rope-a-dope
' trick since round two, Ali came off the ropes and knocked Foreman out in the eighth round.
The offences run into millions, with Viagogo's rope-a-dope
misdescriptions and omissions in information combining with stunts to create a false idea that the ticket supply is about to dry up.
How else were Real supposed to make sense of the fact that they had their heavyweight opponents on the ropes for long periods yet a rope-a-dope
that Ali would've been proud of got Barca to the final whistle unscathed?
Discovering whether Elliott has punched himself out in the way that George Foreman did when Muhammad Ali deployed his exalted rope-a-dope
tactics during the Rumble in the Jungle is going to be something to behold, as there is a no-holds-barred dynamic to this that will make for a compelling ringside spectacle.
To illustrate his point, he recalls how Ali overcame Foreman in the eighth round of their heavyweight showdown in Zaire in 1974 by using 'rope-a-dope
The United Nations Security Council, with all of its strength and power, is now being challenged by a diplomatic rope-a-dope
, directed to evil ends by a scheming practitioner.
Ali's use of 'rope-a-dope
' tactics - where he would lean on the ropes and absorb punishment, as he did against George Foreman - saw him take a lot of head punches in the last decade of his professional days.
It was the fight that put rocket booster on Ali's legend when fans hailed his "rope-a-dope
" tactic - on the ropes, luring Foreman into an energy-sapping barrage of punches, leaving him too tired and weak to dodge a knockout blow in the eighth round.
Ali eighth-round KO v George Foreman, Kinshasa 1974 To the disbelief of all observers Ali opted to play "rope-a-dope
" with the fearsome Foreman, lolling back on the ropes and inviting punishment.
For round after round, Ali covered up in the ropes - a tactic soon to be immortalised as 'Rope-a-dope
' - allowing Foreman to pummel away, gradually using up his reserves of energy in the process.
There are better written accounts of the Rumble in the Jungle, the Ali v Foreman bout contested in Zaire, for which both men received $5 million, when Ali adopted his 'rope-a-dope
' tactic, knocking his opponent out in the eighth round.
John Carver spoke of trying to add an attacking edge to Newcastle to prove himself worthy of succeeding Alan Pardew, but now he finds himself in desperate need of a touch of the disciplined, no frills rope-a-dope
tactics his former boss had some success with.