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Unanimous decision for Frazier

Updated: March 3, 2002, 5:49 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

March 8, 1971

Two undefeated heavyweights step into the ring in Madison Square Garden in what is billed as "The Fight of the Century." Champion Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, who had been stripped of his title four years earlier for refusing induction into the military, each receive record purses of $2.5 million. The long awaited showdown is a social, political and athletic event rolled into one. Frank Sinatra is there, shooting photographs for "Life."

Remarkably, the fight ...

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