Joe Frazier vs. George Foreman (1st meeting)

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1973-01-22 : George Foreman 217½ lbs beat Joe Frazier 214 lbs by TKO at 2:26 in round 2 of 15

World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (Frazier defending)
World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title (Frazier defending)

  • Attendance was 36,000 and the gate was $412,000.
  • Shown on closed circuit television in 225 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Frazier was guaranteed $850,000 against 42.5% of all income and Foreman was guaranteed $375,000 against 20% of all income.
  • Frazier was made a 3½ to 1 favorite by Las Vegas odds makers.
  • They wore eight-ounce gloves.
  • Frazier was knocked down three times in the first round and three times in the second round before the referee stopped the bout to protect him from further punishment.
  • The Ring Fight of the Year
  • AP article