1972-05-26 Joe Frazier w rsc 4 (15) Ron Stander, Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA - WORLD
1972-05-26 Joe Frazier w rsc 4 (15) Ron Stander, Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA - WORLD. Referee: Zack Clayton. Right from the first bell Stander (218) was under attack from Frazier (217½), who crowded in throwing big punches, and while the challenger held his own in the opening round it was all one-way traffic from thereon. Frazier would not be denied and by the third he was ripping Stander to pieces, sending in blows to head and body that would have downed a less courageous fighter. Coming out for the fourth, Stander, his face soon covered in blood from cuts over both eyes, was put immediately under attack and although Frazier was unable to drop him he was staggering about like a drunk for the most part. At the end of session it was quite clear that Stander could not continue and the referee stopped the fight. Frazier’s next opponent would be George Foreman, the 1968 Olympic champion, who had blasted his way to 37 straight wins, 34 of them coming inside the distance.