Joe Frazier vs. Jimmy Ellis (2nd meeting)

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Joe Frazier 211 lbs beat Jimmy Ellis 201 lbs by TKO at 0:59 in round 9 of 12


  • The fight was billed as a title eliminator.
  • Ellis was 1-4-1 in his previous six bouts.
  • Frazier earned $250,000 and Ellis $75,000.
  • Promoters of the fight recorded a paid attendance of 15,000, far short of the 52,000 capacity.
  • Promoters estimated a gate of $327,500 from tickets which were scaled from $10 to $65.
  • The referee was Bob Foster, whom Frazier knocked out in two rounds on November 18, 1970, in defense of the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • The Associated Press reported:
Ellis held his own for the first three rounds, winning them on points. But Frazier was probably just feeling out his opponent, and from the third round on Frazier was clearly in control. Frazier struck out with the expected left hooks, but threw in right hooks and jabs that surprised his opponent. Frazier bobbed and weaved constantly, making himself a tough target to hit. In the seventh round, a Frazier hook opened a cut over Ellis' right eye. Ellis' manager, Angelo Dundee, took a look and sent Ellis back in, but by the ninth round he knew Jimmy had had enough. He shouted, "Bob, Bob, end it" to referee Bob Foster, the retired world light heavyweight champion, and the fight ended at 59½ seconds of the round. The judges' point ratings gave Frazier the fight by 112-106.