On March 8, 1971, Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali engaged in a battle that would forever be known as the “Fight of the Century.” As a 17 year old teenager, I remember all the buzz and hype among Ali’s non-stop, motormouth antics in which he belittled and ridiculed Frazier prior to the main event. Frazier, ever the quiet champion, made his retaliatory remarks with his fists. When the Fight of the Century was finally broadcast on TV, what I remember most was Frazier’s forward momentum. Ali walked backward the entire fight and his punches lacked a forward thrust. Frazier leaned forward all night and gazed upon Ali like predator. Those were the days. Thank you Joe Frazier for demonstrating how to press forward amidst daunting odds.
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