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Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali

Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali

Date: 8th March 1971

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

Title: WBC & WBA World Heavyweight Titles

Promoted by: Jerry Perenchio

Tv: Closed Circuit Television

Joe Frazier
( 26 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 205 1/2 lbs

Muhammad Ali
( 31 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 215 lbs


Ali challenged for Frazier's undisputed world heavyweight crown at Madison Square Garden in the fight known as "The fight of the century."

Frazier won a unanimous decision to retain the title. He knocked down Ali in the 15th round with a left hook.

Scores: Arthur Mercante 6-8 | Artie Aidala 6-9 | Bill Recht 4-11.

Referee Arthur Mercante described the following conversation he heard between Ali and Frazier at one point during the bout;

Ali: "You know, you're in here with the God tonight"

Frazier: "If you are God, you're in the wrong place tonight"

 

Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali