Joe Frazier vs. Jimmy Ellis

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Frazier floors Ellis for the second time in the fourth round.

Joe Frazier 205 lbs beat Jimmy Ellis 201 lbs by RTD in round 4 of 15


  • Both fighters were guaranteed $150,000 against 30 percent of the gate and ancillary rights.
  • The fight was shown on closed circuit television in 120 locations with over 500,000 seats.
  • Las Vegas bookmakers listed Frazier as a 6 to 1 favorite.
  • There was a crowd of 18,079 at Madison Square Garden, and the gross gate was $647,997.
  • From the February 23, 1970, issue of Sports Illustrated:
Joe Frazier fought precisely as he said he would—"I'll come out smokin' "—and, in the end, there was nothing Jimmy Ellis could do about it. For the first round and part of the second, Ellis was able to maneuver for the distance he needed for his sharp punches. After that Frazier—flailing away with left hooks and looping rights—denied him distance and any respite. The lefts were more effective. They knocked Ellis down early in the fourth round, and he barely got up at nine. Another hook put him down again, and though he again was up at nine—this time after the bell sounded—he could not come out for the fifth round. If Frazier fought his fight, so did Ellis, and there could hardly be any doubt that the Philadelphian was the superior fighter. Frazier thus retains the championship he claimed for two years—of six states—and takes over the one awarded Ellis by the World Boxing Association. He is the champion now—except, perhaps, for Muhammad Ali.