1973-01-22 George Foreman w rsc 2 (15) Joe Frazier, National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica - WORLD
1973-01-22 George Foreman w rsc 2 (15) Joe Frazier, National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Mercante. In a battle of big punchers and two former Olympic champions, Frazier (214) lost his title at 1.35 of the second round when the referee stopped the fight to save him from taking further punishment. Towering over the squat champion, Foreman (217½) was happy to wait for him to come into him and after clearly hurting Frazier with solid long rights to the head he proceeded to drop him three times in the opening round. Coming out for the second, Frazier was still on shaky legs and while he tried to bob and weave to get a breather Foreman was only intent on finishing his man off. Three more times Frazier was deposited on the floor in the second, a crashing right to the head, a big left hook and finally a thunderous right uppercut that lifted him off the ground being the key punches. Following the sixth knockdown, with Frazier in a kneeling position and trying to get up, the referee finally acted.