1970-02-16 Joe Frazier w rtd 5 (15) Jimmy Ellis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1970-02-16 Joe Frazier w rtd 5 (15) Jimmy Ellis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tony Perez. In a fight to unify the title, the New York champion, Frazier (205), ultimately proved too strong for Ellis (201), the WBA titleholder. Earlier in the day the WBC and the BBBoC, who had both regarded the title as being vacant up to that point in time, agreed to support the winner as champion. By the second round Frazier was beginning to surprise Ellis with his non-stop attacking, and in the third the latter was staggered by massive left hooks to the jaw before gingerly making his way back to his corner. In the fourth it was all one-way traffic as Frazier went for the kill, twice dropping Ellis for long counts with cracking left hooks. Saved by the bell on the second occasion, Ellis was pulled out of the fight by his corner after the bell to start the fifth had rung.