On This Date 3/8/1971

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It was billed as “The Fight of the Century” and lived up to and beyond the hype as Joe Frazier, the unbeaten heavyweight champion, faced Muhammad Ali, the unbeaten former champion at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ali scored well early in the fight, but Frazier took over in the middle of the fight and dominated the rest of the way, knocking Ali down in the 15th on the way to a unanimous decision.

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