Joe Frazier – Fight of the Century - Limited Edition Signed Photo – Framed
This fantastic item of signed Joe Frazier Memorabilia pays tribute to his remarkable career and his trilogy of fights with Muhammad Ali. The photo presentation displays a large 16” by 20” black and white original press photo that shows Frazier knocking Ali down in the 11th round on the way to beating Ali in 1971, The Fight of the Century. At the signing of this photo, Frazier commented that to this day he never knew how Ali beat the count, as it was the hardest punch he had ever landed! It is a limited edition of just 75 with each personally signed by Joe and the edition number printed on each. It is displayed in a stunning black surround with double mounts and a plaque that is listed in full below. Measures in at a large and impressive 66cm by 59.5cm (26” by 23.5”).
'Smokin' Joe Frazier - The Fight of the Century - In 1970 he became the undisputed world champion which set up his first fight with Muhammad Ali. In 1971 Frazier fought Ali at Madison Square Garden. Frazier took control in the middle rounds, landing hard body shots as well as powerful left hooks to the head. He staggered Ali badly in the 11th and knocked him down in the 15th Frazier won a clear, 15-round, unanimous decision. Frazier's second fight against Ali took place in 1974, in New York, with Ali winning a unanimous decision. in 1975 they met for a final time in the Philippines – “The Thrilla in Manila". In a punishing fight, Frazier did not come out for the 15th round with Ali describing it as "the closest thing to death he had ever experienced”. Frazier’s fight record was 32 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw, with 27 wins by KO and he is inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Heavyweights in history Limited Edition Presentation personally signed by Joe Frazier Joe Frazier was a remarkable fighter and the only man that Ali was genuinely frightened of, hence his bitter and sometimes extreme verbal abuse of Frazier. To this day Frazier maintains that he could have come out for the final round in the third fight, Thrilla in Manila, and such was his anger with his trainer Eddie Futch for throwing in the towel that he never spoke to him again
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