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Joe Frazier vs, Muhammad Ali Super Fight II Heavyweight Grudge Match Madison Square Garden-January 28,1974 (On-Sight) Program

Ali, a 7 to 5 favorite, and Frazier fought before a crowd of 20,748, which produced a live gate of $1,052,688. At the opening bell, the pattern was established–Ali circling, jabbing and throwing combinations and Frazier moving aggressively at Ali, bobbing and weaving in order to get under Ali’s arms and land the left hook that had floored Ali in the 15th round of their Garden epic three years earlier. Through all 12 rounds, they maintained that pattern. Ali landed a straight right to Frazier’s jaw late in the second round. Wobbling slightly, Frazier retreated to the ropes but the referee leaped between them. “Somebody called ‘bell,'” Perez explained later, “so I stopped them both. Then the gong table yelled, ‘Tony, the round isn’t over.’ Usually I hear the bell, but the bell was defective before the fight. They had to call the electrician to fix it. It was only five to eight seconds.” Afforded a moment’s rest, Frazier easily finished the round, which ended 10 seconds later.

Throughout the bout, Frazier complained to Perez that Ali was holding in the clinches. “The only violation,” Perez said, “is if you held and hit at the same time. Ali was holding but he wasn’t hitting.” Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, occasionally complained to Perez between rounds. Ali was awarded a unanimous decision over Frazier. Judge Jack Gordon scored the fight 8-4, judge Tony Castellano scored it 7-4-1, and referee Tony Perez had it 6-5-1. The unofficial AP scorecard had Ali winning 8-4, and the unofficial UPI scorecard had Ali ahead 7-4-1. Nine months later, Ali regained the World Heavyweight Championship by knocking Foreman out in eight rounds This Joe Frazier vs, Muhammad Ali Super Fight II Heavyweight Grudge Match Madison Square Garden-January 28 1974 (on-sight) Championship Program All pages 16 complete and n fantastic condition

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