Round 1- Ali on his toes moving back and forth and landing little uppercuts and rights. Frazier going forward but not landing yet. Ali keeping Joe at bay with the jab and quick shots as he dances away from Joe. Ali's Round- 10-9
Round 2- Ali on his bicycle moving fast. They trade little
left hooks, Frazier not landing solid yet. Frazier lands his first nice
left hook and Ali holds on the inside. Ali stuns
Frazier with a quick right, Frazier is hurt! Referee inadvertently breaks
the fighters thinking the round is over. He's wrong and Ali can't take
advantage of Joe in the last 15 seconds after they go back to fighting.
Ali's Round- 10-9 (20-18) Ali
Round 3- Ali landing well with nice short punches on the
inside. Joe just keeps coming forward. The pace slows and not much landing,
Frazier then digs three good body shots as Ali covers up.
Even Round- 10-10 (30-28) Ali
Round 4- Ali landing a little as Joe moves forward. Frazier
lands a nice left hook and Ali holds again. Frazier is much more aggressive
this round and that gives it to him.
Frazier's Round- 10-9 (39-38) Ali
Round 5- Frazier comes in and takes two shots but lands a nice left hook. Ali is a little shaken from that punch but dances away. Ali is moving back the whole round as Joe stalks and delivers the better shots, though not hurting Ali again this round. Frazier's Round- 10-9 (48-48) even
Round 6- Ali throws a quick combination but misses most of his shots. Frazier lands a good left hook, but misses another. Ali lands a nice left, right combo and Ali is sticking and moving well this round. Ali using the ring well and is effective in stopping Frazier on his way in. Ali's Round- 10-9 (58-57) Ali
Round 7- Frazier presses forward, Ali holds. Frazier lands a big left hook, then another, Ali is shaken and the crowd roars. Frazier landing good digging body shots as Ali tries to hold. Ali trying to fight back but Joe lands another hook as the round ends. Frazier's Round- 10-9 (67-67) even
Round 8- Ali opening fast and lands some jabs. Frazier
lands a couple nice hooks, he's starting to land consistently. Joe gets
inside and the crowd boos Ali's constant holding. Frazier digs to the body,
you can hear the thud. Ali fires a combination that scores at the end of
Frazier's Round- 10-9 (77-76) Frazier
Round 9- Ali lands as Joe pours in. Joe swarms in again and Ali lands 3 straight combinations, great work here from Ali. Frazier lands a hook and Frazier is getting a little careless going in. Frazier does land a left hook, but takes 4 shots on the way in. Ali's Round- 10-9 (86-86) even
Round 10- As the crowd chants Ali, Frazier is the one that is punching and lands a nice hook. Frazier digs again to the body and lands a rare jab himself. Frazier lands a nice left hook and both fighters appear to be slowing down a little. Frazier's Round- 10-9 (96-95) Frazier
Round 11- Frazier opens with a right and left hook. Ali lands a nice straight right and blocks some Frazier punches. Frazier still swarming forward. Ali is boxing on his toes and doing well now, Ali lands some crisp punches to the onrushing Frazier's chin. Ali's Round- 10-9 (105-105)
Round 12- Frazier comes out charging and both fighters
land a bit. Ali is on his toes and grabbing as Frazier comes in. Frazier
working more on the inside with body punches. Frazier lands two nice left
hooks and Ali strikes back with a couple straight rights. Close even round.
Even Round- 10-10 (115-115) a draw is my decision.
Official Decision- Unanimous decision Muhammad Ali. Ali-U Dec 12
I don't know what the judges scores
were, it wasn't announce, but this was one close fight. I heard a commentator
say in a different fight that Ali won the last 3 rounds to win the fight.
He definitely didn't win the 10th round and the 12th round could have gone
either way. I feel very safe with my draw decision and can see how it could
go either way a point or two, but not on my card. Muhammad Ali would use
this fight as a springboard to get his title shot and shock the world like
only Muhammad Ali could do. Joe Frazier would have more big fights, but
would never again be the same fighter in my opinion he was a step slower
after this fight. These fighters waged true war, and it is the reason that
boxing is the best sport on the planet. There is more will and courage
in these three fights then decades of other sports combined.