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A heavyweight golden era begins

Frazier-Foreman I -- 'The Sunshine Showdown' -- marked a special time in boxing

Updated: January 22, 2013, 3:45 PM ET
By Nigel Collins | ESPN.com

Jamaica's fierce sun beamed down from a cloudless sky as I stood a few yards away from the ring, sweating and grooving to the music of Bob Marley emanating from the sound system. It was July 16, 1988, and in a few hours, homeboy Simon Brown would defend his welterweight title with a third-round TKO of Jorge Vaca.

A small crowd of about 5,000 showed up at National Stadium that afternoon -- a far cry from the 36,000 who paid to see George Foreman rip the heavyweight championship away from ...

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