48 Years On And George Foreman’s Brutal Destruction Of Joe Frazier Is Still Frightening To Watch

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Heavyweight legend George Foreman saw to it that HBO’s coverage of world championship boxing got underway with one heck of a bang. It was of course 48 long years ago today when a 24-year-old Foreman challenged heavyweight king Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica (this the first fight HBO ever covered).… read full article “48 Years On And George Foreman’s Brutal Destruction Of Joe Frazier Is Still Frightening To Watch”

“Smokin’ Joe” – Gone But Never Forgotten: Frazier At 77

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Fighting with a busted thumb? No problem. Fighting at short notice? So what! Fighting the biggest fights of his career with only partial sight in one eye? “ I had a job to do.”

This is only a small portion of the legend that belongs to the great Joe Frazier; “Smokin’ Joe,” who would today have been celebrating his 77th birthday had cancer not taken him back in 2011.… read full article ““Smokin’ Joe” – Gone But Never Forgotten: Frazier At 77”

Frazier vs. Foster: When “Smokin’ Joe” Laid Out A Light-Heavyweight Legend

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Throughout the years, there have been a number of fascinating match-ups that saw a great light-heavyweight move up and face an equally great heavyweight. But only on a few occasions did the naturally smaller man win – think Michael Spinks’ big upset over Larry Holmes, Ezzard Charles’ win over Jersey Joe Walcott, Gene Tunney’s win (or wins) over Jack Dempsey, Michael Moorer’s win over Evander Holyfield, and, to a degree, Roy Jones (a true great) win over John Ruiz (good but not great).… read full article “Frazier vs. Foster: When “Smokin’ Joe” Laid Out A Light-Heavyweight Legend”

55 Years Ago: The Great Smokin’ Joe Frazier Goes Pro

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A half century ago in his hometown of Philadelphia, boxing legend Joe Frazier punched for pay for the very first time. Not that the young Frazier got paid much at all. How times have changed. Today, an Olympic gold medal winner is a valuable commodity, one that can demand, and receive, a huge amount of money even before proving he or she can really fight at professional level.… read full article “55 Years Ago: The Great Smokin’ Joe Frazier Goes Pro”

WBC: Round 12: A Glorious Era

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ROUND 12: A GLORIOUS ERA
By Mauricio Sulaimán – President of the WBC – Son of José Sulaimán

All of us who are passionate about sports enjoy remembering and entering in discussions with friends about sports’ glory moments, those memorable endings of some game, the great stories that lead to debate between what has been most dramatic ending or the greatest performance or who has been the best.… read full article “WBC: Round 12: A Glorious Era”

Re-Watching The Thrilla In Manila Reminds Us Why It Really Is The Greatest Fight Ever

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Like many fans, you might have caught the replay of the classic “Thrilla In Manila” last night, as ESPN aired the unforgettable third fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at the conclusion of its 11-hour marathon of great fights.… read full article “Re-Watching The Thrilla In Manila Reminds Us Why It Really Is The Greatest Fight Ever”

Saturday: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier Trilogy on ESPN

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Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Trilogy Headlines Special Encore Boxing Presentation on ESPN

Iconic Boxing Trilogy to Air in its Entirety on ESPN Platforms for the First Time Ever

Encore Presentation to feature Classic Bouts, including Ali-Foreman, De La Hoya-Chavez 1, De La Hoya-Trinidad and Liston-Clay 1

ESPN+ library features hundreds of historic boxing matches, streaming on demand

(April 16, 2020) — This Saturday, April 18, will be a day of classic boxing on ESPN when the network airs 11 consecutive hours of the sweet science starting at 12 noon ET.… read full article “Saturday: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier Trilogy on ESPN”

Some Fine Boxing Documentaries To Watch, And Watch Again – Five Knockouts

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With no live boxing taking place due to the ongoing coronavirus, hardcore fight fans, boxing junkies if you prefer, are having a tough time of things. Yes, there are far more serious issues than boredom to contend with right now, but just the same it’s tough on a person’s mental health these days; isolated as many people are.… read full article “Some Fine Boxing Documentaries To Watch, And Watch Again – Five Knockouts”

47 Years Ago: Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!

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47 years ago, a 3/1 underdog scored six knockdowns in just over five-minutes to devastatingly alter the heavyweight landscape.

It was billed as “The Sunshine Showdown” (this really one of the worst taglines attached to the great heavyweight rumbles of the 1970s; a time when all the big ones had a catchphrase), but only one man was seeing anything bright at the end of the short fight that took place in Kingston, Jamaica on January 22nd, 1973.… read full article “47 Years Ago: Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!”