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Video – 41 Years Ago Today … Joe Frazier Vs. Muhammad Ali I

Forty-one years ago today, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali got it on in what would be a much bigger fight than anything that could happen today. Mayweather/Pacquiao? Nah. Probably not that close either.

Because of the wonders of the Internet, there is full video of the fight, which you can watch here:

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FGB Radio – UFC On Fox, Pacquiao/Marquez III, And Joe Frazier

On the latest edition of FGB Radio, not only is Jason, aka @dadrrtywhyteboi on the show to talk about UFC on Fox and UFC 138, but our old friend Tim Starks from The Queensberry Rules is on the show as well to talk about Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III.

Tim (@tqbr on Twitter) and I discuss the big fight this weekend, including who won the first two fights, who wins this weekend, and why Marquez wants it so badly. We also discuss the great Joe Frazier.

Jason then joins me and we talk about the huge UFC On Fox main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos and give our thoughts on who wins and why. We also discuss Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson and a little bit about UFC 138. I also read a brilliant few paragraphs by Robert Lashley on Joe Frazier.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Joe Frazier Is Gone At 67

Joe Frazier’s career will always be tied directly to Muhammad Ali. But Muhammad Ali didn’t make Joe Frazier. They made each other. Without one, neither’s career is remembered as fondly.

Joe Frazier succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 67. Frazier’s record was 32-4-1 and his only losses were to Ali and George Foreman. Frazier beat Ali in the most famous heavyweight fight in history in 1971, which featured both fighters as undefeated. He’d go on to lose to Ali twice, including their final fight at the Thrilla In Manilla.

Frazier’s last fight with Ali was still a couple of years before I was born. But I was able to read a lot about him over the years. My two fondest memories of Frazier when I was a kid was watching him play himself in the first Rocky film and in a small stint in the WWF. I will always remember Apollo Creed joyfully taunting Frazier saying, “You next Joe, you next Joe,” and then Frazier telling Rocky to not hurt Apollo as if he never thought it would happen anyway.

Also, in 1986 Joe Frazier was in Mr. T’s corner at WrestleMania 2, when T boxed with Rowdy Roddy Piper. I just remember watching that match thinking that the boxing was so terrible and how easily Frazier could destroy both men in the ring.

I sure hope that Joe gets that statue.

Here’s the full fight of his greatest triumph:

A Conversation About “Thrilla In Manila”

Duan and I had a back and forth e-mail conversation about the John Dower documentary on one of the most famous fights of all time. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went to the Philippines to settle their grudge in their third and most savage battle. It was dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila”.

GG: Duan, after watching the documentary, Thrilla In Manilla, I was left with mixed feelings. On one hand, I felt bad for Joe Frazier, but also felt put off by the grudge he continually holds against Muhammad Ali. Did you have similar thoughts, and also, is that the feeling you think the director was looking for?

Duan: I don’t necessarily feel that the director set out to present Frazier in that way. I think he set out to compare two great warriors of the ring, and examine how history remembers them. In one corner you had Ali, the most celebrated athlete in not just boxing, but all of sport. And in the other you have Frazier, a man who went to war with him for 41 rounds, and who quite possibly is the second best heavyweight in history. Frazier never got the same recognition or acclaim though. I believe that’s what the movie was trying to emphasize. It was just about telling Frazier’s side of the story. Continue reading