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A Thrilla in every way: Ali/Frazier one for ages

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:26 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 1, 1975

Joe Frazier had won the first bout and Muhammad Ali the second. It's 10:45 a.m. in the Philippines when their rubber match, "The Thrilla in Manila," starts, and the fight lives up to the hype. The bout is really three fights in one: The first has Ali outboxing and outscoring Frazier, nailing him with clean, sharp shots. The second fight, from the fifth through the 11th rounds, has Frazier pounding the champion terribly. The third fight starts in the 12th and somehow Ali, ...

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