TEN FIGHTS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: Muhammed Ali vs Joe Frazier

Simon Markland

The ‘Fights that shook the World’ series will run weekly and showcase in my opinion, ten of the greatest boxing matches of all time.

There are three reasons why a fight could make it in to the series:

1) The fight had a long-lasting effect on the sport and truly cemented both of the fighter’s legacies.
2) Regardless of level, the fight was entertaining from first minute to last.
3) The contest well and truly – ‘shook the world’.

Grab a glass of your coldest beverage, abandon the awful Saturday night TV, pick up the biggest bowl of your tastiest treats and sit back and enjoy.

Muhammed Ali vs Joe Frazier.

Date : October 1st 1975
Location : Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Venue : Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao

It just had to make the list: ‘The Thrilla in Manila’. 

You just don’t get heavyweight contests as sensational as this one.  The fight would last 14 grueling rounds; by that time Frazier sat down on his stool and his corner Eddie Futch retired him. I like many, felt exhausted from the back and forth action that had just unfolded before my eyes. It’s been 40 years since and I don’t think in my life time I will see another heavyweight fight like it. I’ve been wrong before – please let me be wrong again!

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