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Foreman Smokes Frazier in two rounds
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 22, 1973

It's a battle of unbeaten heavyweights, both of whom won Olympic gold medals. In one corner there's the champ, Joe Frazier (1964 Olympic champ), standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 214 pounds. In the other corner there's George Foreman (1968), at 6-foot-3 and 217 1/2 pounds. Frazier is the 3-1 favorite.

Surprisingly, the bout in Kingston, Jamaica, lasts less than five minutes. More surprisingly, it's Foreman who's dishing out all the punishment, as he pounds away at his smaller opponent. Catching Smokin' Joe with unlooked-for right uppercuts, Foreman knocks down Frazier six times in two rounds. After the sixth, referee Arthur Mercante stops the fight at 1:35, Foreman winning the title on a TKO.

"I hit him with a punch, and there was a grin on his face, as if he was saying, 'Look, man, you're going to kill me,'" says Foreman (38-0).

Frazier (29-1) says, "I chose to fight him back and that was all wrong. I should have bobbed and weaved and jabbed, but my instinct made me get up and try to continue to press the fight."

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