The American boxer made history as the first opponent to beat Muhammad Ali in a match of the century in 1971, but it upset fans of the boxing legend.
U.S. boxer Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali’s biggest rival in the 1970s, has died. The 67-year-old former world heavyweight boxing champion has died of liver cancer, his family has announced.
The reason for this was that the American glove made history as the first opponent to defeat Muhammad Ali, who was described as the greatest boxer ever and gained a wide fan base after choosing Islam. Joe Frazier, who knocked down his opponent with a hook in a fight that was considered the “match of the century” on March 8, 1971, also upset the fans in our country who expected Muhammad Ali to win on television.
However, Muhammad Ali later managed to get a rematch of that day, defeating Frazier in a 12-round match in 1974 and in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, in 1975. Frazier, on the other hand, won the heavyweight title in 1970 by defeating Jimmy Ellis, and then managed to retain the title exactly four times.
Known as” tuxedo Joe, ” Frazier knew how to beat opponents with hard punches despite not meeting heavyweight standards. His famous left hook, in particular, caused many of his opponents to leave the ring at the beginning of the match. As a matter of fact, the American boxer, who finished 27 of the 32 matches he won in his professional career by knockout, lost only 4 times, 2 of them to Muhammad Ali, and 1 time he left the ring with a draw.