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 bobbing and weaving his way in, Ali is
firing fast shots but missing most of them. Ali is scoring well with hooks,
not Ali's normal favorite punch. Frazier lands a nice left hook, a punch
he is known for and Ali answers with jabs. Ali more busy and effective
Ali's Round- 10-9
Round 2- Frazier comes out aggressively. Ali landing many
jabs but is countered by a Frazier left hook and right. Great action so
far. Ali lands a nice right and another to the chin. Frazier missing with
a left hook. Ali is looking real fast so far, but Joe is always a slow
starter. Frazier lands his first telling body shot and is answered by Ali
jabs. Frazier finishes landing a good hook.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (20-18) Ali
Round 3- Frazier pours in and Ali is moving back. Ali lands a hook and an uppercut. Ali using his strong jab to keep Joe away from him so far. Frazier still not landing cleanly yet, he forces the pace and lands a big left hook, Ali is stunned for the first time. Ali's Round- 10-9 (30-27) Ali
Round 4- Frazier smoking and looking for the hook, Ali
is landing more still to begin the round. Ali lands with jabs and short
rights. Frazier starting to get closer now, pace slows for the first time
in the fight the pace has been furious. Joe lands a nice left hook and
another, the round has swayed back to even.
Even Round- 10-10 (40-37) Ali
Round 5- Frazier lands as Ali dances, Frazier landing better now then earlier in the fight. Ali comes back with nice jabs, Joe lands a big hook and is pouring again looking for a big shot. Ali lands well late to close the round well. Ali's Round- 10-9 (50-46) Ali
Round 6- Frazier punches well to the body, and stuns Ali
to the head. Ali in a little trouble and is hit a
lot. Frazier also landing to the body as Ali is against the ropes,
best round of the fight so far for Joe Frazier.
Frazier's Round- 10-9 (59-56) Ali
Round 7- Frazier just pressing forward relentlessly. Ali
is holding a lot now. Frazier landing most of the punches now. Ali comes
back with some crisp shots of his own. Close fought round.
Frazier's Round- 10-9 (68-66) Ali
Between Rounds there are chants for Muhammad Ali from the crowd
Round 8- Frazier comes out real fast with Ali popping
the jab. Frazier lands another big left hook and then a right. Frazier
pouring it on against the ropes. Ali is taking the round off and not doing
much at all.
Frazier's Round- 10-9 (77-76) Ali
Between Rounds there are chants for Joe Frazier from the crowd.
Round 9- Body shots from Frazier, Ali landing more this round then the previous couple. Pace slows this round, Ali landing well, Frazier lands a nice left hook and Ali holds on a little stunned. Ali comes back with hard rights to Frazier's jaw. Ali's Round- 10-9 (87-85) Ali
Round 10- Frazier comes out punishing the body of Ali.
Ali lands a nice uppercut, Frazier lands continuously to the body. Frazier
still pushing forward but Ali is landing well. Ali landing short straight
to punches to incoming Frazier's head. Frazier lands another huge left
hook to end the round.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (97-94) Ali
Round 11- Frazier with a big hook, Ali slips no knockdown. Frazier keeps coming forward. Good body shot from Smokin Joe. Big hook from Frazier to the chin of Ali, Ali is covering up in the corner not punching. Ali lands a nice right hand. Frazier lands a pulverizing left hook!!! Ali is almost down and reels and falls against the ropes, Frazier with another hook, Ali is close to falling again. What's keeping him on his feet. Incredible round. Frazier's Round- 10-8 (105-104) Ali
Round 12- Frazier pushing forward and Ali is holding a
lot. Frazier is still landing and is scoring and lands another left hook.
Frazier digging to the mid-section and Ali is very wild and missing this
Frazier's Round- 10-9 (114-114) even
Round 13- Ali comes out jabbing fast and hits Frazier with some nice punches. Both fighters faces are swelled up and Frazier has a big bulge near his cheek. Frazier has slowed a lot this round and is caught by another punch from Ali. Frazier lands another huge hook. They are going toe-to-toe and Frazier is getting the better of it and hurting Ali. Continuos trading and Ali is wobbled near the end of the round. Best action round of the fight. Frazier's Round- 10-9 (124-123) Frazier
Round 14- Joe is still moving forward and landing. Ali is holding a lot on the inside to stay away from Joe's hook. Ali lands some nice shots to Frazier's head. Body shot from Frazier as the pace slows for the first time in many rounds. Ali landing well from the outside, Joe lands well from the inside. Ali doing better this round then the previous ones. Ali's Round- 10-9 (133-133) even
Round 15- Ali comes out fast this round. Ali tries to
hold Joe on the inside. Joe fires a hook as Ali is
in the corner, ALI IS DOWN, MUHAMMAD ALI IS DOWN. An incredible left hook
form Frazier has sent Muahmmad Ali to the canvas. Ali rises at 3 and they
continue. Frazier going all out and digging shots to the body of Ali. Frazier
trying for the knockout. Another big hook from Frazier and Ali is completely
out on his feet. Frazier with an incredible 15th round display.
Frazier's Round- 10-8 (143-141) Frazier is my decision.
Official Decision- 8-6-1 Frazier
11-4 Frazier Joe Frazier wins by Unanimous Decision
Frazier-U Dec 15
Looking back on the fight it was clear that Joe Frazier had won it. I went back to my score card and realized in rounds I had the fight 7-7-1. Muhammad Ali won those 7 rounds I really believe, but Joe Frazier had two clear 10-8 rounds to give him the decision. The judge that had the fight 11-4 must have been one of the 32 or whatever guys that had a stake in Joe Frazier because Ali had won 5 or 6 rounds clearly and others were very close. Regardless, Joe Frazier proved to the world who the real champion was and was being called one of the greatest himself. Muhammad Ali would rebuild himself and go on a winning streak and eventually even though losing once getting a chance at the title and earning his place in history. Joe Frazier was on the top of the mountain, looked unbeatable and iron chinned. Those theories would all be tested in the near future as Joe Frazier would have many battles coming his way.