Foreman Vs Frazier II-June 15th, 1976
These two great former champions squared off for the second time over 3 years after their first meeting. George Foreman was coming off a heart stopping win over Ron Lyle in 5 rounds. Foreman had lost only once still and had a sparkling record of 41-1 with 38 knockouts. Foreman was trying to get back to the top of the rankings to get another meeting with Muhammad Ali. Joe Frazier was near the end of his career and had lost his last fight to Muhammad Ali in the Thrilla In Manilla after beating Jimmy Ellis. Frazier had a record of 32-3 with 27 knockouts and wanted one more shot at the title. Could Joe Frazier change his straight ahead style to counter George Foreman's punching power? Let's find out.

Here's the fight as I saw it.-Green are the round scores as I scored it, red is important text like a cut, great punch or knockdown.

Round 1- Frazier not going forward, but being cautious early. Foreman is sticking and landing good jabs and straight rights early. Frazier is covering up but still being hit by some of George's shots. Foreman is landing well here early. Foreman's Round- 10-9

Round 2- Foreman is sticking the jab and Frazier lands a looping right. Foreman landing short crisp punches, but takes a good left hook from Frazier. Foreman digs underneath and lands well. Frazier lands another hook, but Foreman is getting the better of it. Foreman's Round- 10-9  (20-18) Foreman

Round 3- Foreman comes out popping the jab. Frazier comes back with his own jab, but takes a clubbing right from Foreman to the body. Foreman is landing nice shots now and Joe is covering up. He is trying to come off the ropes with nice hooks, but is getting in. Foreman is landing well with uppercuts and Frazier appears a little stunned. Foreman's Round- 10-9  (30-27) Foreman

Round 4- Action slows early in the round. Foreman lands a big right and uppercut to Frazier's head. Foreman is still getting through with nice shots and appears to be hurting Joe with most punches now.
Foreman's Round- 10-9 (40-36) Foreman

Round 5- Frazier lands a nice left hook. Foreman comes back with some nice body shots. Foreman is landing with clean nice under hooks. Foreman is landing huge shots and a left hook puts Frazier on the canvas. Joe rises at 4 but looks hurt. Foreman lands a real nice right hand and Frazier goes down again in the corner. Joe gets up, but trainer Eddie Futch steps in and tells the referee to stop it. It's all over, George Foreman by TKO in the 5th round.Foreman-TKO 5

Joe Frazier tried a little different strategy, but ended up just lasting a little longer this time. George Foreman had the perfect punches to put a big hurting on Joe Frazier, which he did easily again. Styles make fights and that is certainly true about these two fighters. Joe Frazier was done as a fighter after this fight and made one comeback 5 years later that ended after a draw with Jumbo Cummings. Frazier was one of the best. George Foreman would win a couple more fights then unexpectedly retire after losing a decision to Jimmy Young. Foreman would come back to fighting 10 years later and win the championship again by beating Micheal Moorer in an upset. Foreman was one of the best punchers in the history of boxing.