1970-11-18 Joe Frazier w co 2 (15) Bob Foster, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD

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1970-11-18 Joe Frazier w co 2 (15) Bob Foster, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tom Briscoe. Defending his title against the world light heavyweight champion, Frazier (209) proved far too strong for Foster (188) despite the latter giving a good account of himself in the opening session. Starting fast in the second, Frazier soon had Foster over from a left hook to the jaw and when the challenger was back on his feet he was sent down for the count, timed at 49 seconds, after a double left hook to body and head had smashed him down with no chance of getting up in time.

With Muhammad Ali now licensed to box in New York, he beat Oscar Bonavena (w rsc 15 on 7 December at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York) in what was effectively an eliminating contest to find Frazier’s next opponent and at the end of December the match that all boxing fans had been waiting for was set for 8 March 1971.