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Frazier vs. Ali

WBC News: Frazier vs. Ali

clip_image004Painting by Ylli Haruni — From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From March 10, translated from Spanish:

By José Sulaimán — 42 Years Ago : Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

Back in February of 1971, I was elected Secretary General of the WBC. I was still very young – 30 years old – and I felt that I owned the whole Planet Earth. I wanted to give my very best for the sport where I had been since being a child. President Velazquez appointed me as supervisor for the most expected fight in the whole world, Ali-Frazier at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

Ali was sanctioned and humiliated by the American Army when he did not step forward to join the Army for the Vietnam war. All boxing and other organisations stripped him of his heavyweight title of the world, while the U.S. government took away his passport. He had been three and a half years away from boxing, waiting on his appeal to be resolved by the courts of law. Ali won the trial and came back to boxing at 28 and a half years of age. What a waste of time !!! Continue reading