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1975 Muhammad Ali Signed Magazine w/ Joe Frazier – COA JSA

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The bout, known as the “Thrilla in Manila”, was held on October 1, 1975 in temperatures approaching 100 °F . In the first rounds, Ali was aggressive, moving and exchanging blows with Frazier. However, Ali soon appeared to tire and adopted the “rope-a-dope” strategy, frequently resorting to clinches. During this part of the bout Ali did some effective counter-punching, but for the most part absorbed punishment from a relentlessly attacking Frazier. In the 12th round, Frazier began to tire, and Ali scored several sharp blows that closed Frazier’s left eye and opened a cut over his right eye. With Frazier’s vision now diminished, Ali dominated the 13th and 14th rounds, at times conducting what boxing historian Mike Silver called “target practice” on Frazier’s head. The fight was stopped when Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, refused to allow Frazier to answer the bell for the 15th and final round, despite Frazier’s protests. Frazier’s eyes were both swollen shut. Ali, in his corner, winner by TKO, slumped on his stool, clearly spent.

Both signatures are in black felt pen and grade a 9/10. There is a partial tear in the upper corner of the magazine. See photo for details.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in
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