World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Frazier has said he will prove that no man can knock him out when he defends his title against fellow American, George Foreman in kingston, Jamaica on Monday (22 January) night.
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Background: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Frazier has said he will prove that no man can knock him out when he defends his title against fellow American, George Foreman in kingston, Jamaica on Monday (22 January) night.
The champion's comments followed predictions by Foreman that he would knock out Frazier.
Both boxers planned to end their training by Friday (19 January) but Foreman was having difficulty with sparring partners. Two of his five partners have had to withdraw their services to take part in scheduled fights and another is out of action with an ear injury after taking heavy punishment from the challenger. The remaining two sparring partners have also received some tough treatment from Foreman.
One the other hand, frazier has had three quality sparring partners in world ranking heavyweight ken Norton, Pete William and Mike Boswell, who always gave him good workouts.
Frazier is 7 to 2 favourite to retain his title though Foreman's record is good. Foreman has won all his 7 fights, 34 of them inside the distance.
SYNOPSIS: World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier has been preparing for his title defence against fellow American George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica on Monday night.
Under trainer Yancy Durham's watchful eye, Frazier has been sparring well with world ranking heavyweights Pete Williams, ken Norton and Mike Boswell. During this session, Frazier, wearing the white head guard, breezed through four rounds with Pete Williams, working accurately with his left hooks. Although betting odds are at seven to two in favour of Frazier retaining his title, Foreman has been predicting the champion will be in trouble if the fight goes the full fifteen rounds.
On several occasions George Foreman has had to miss sparring sessions because of a lack of partners. Two of the challengers' five sparring partners had to withdraw because of scheduled fight commitments and another is out of action because of an ear injury suffered during an early session with Foreman. The remaining two sparring partners have also received some tough punishment from the challenger. Most of his training has been limited to shadow boxing and workouts with the punch bag and ball.
Under Archie Moore's guidance, Foreman is confident of winning the world title. He has won all his 37 fights, 34 of them inside the distance.