Joe Frazier, the official Heavyweight champion of the world, is training in Philadelphia for his coming title fight with Muhammad Ali - formerly Cassius Clay - the undefeated world champion stripped of his title three years ago.
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Background: Joe Frazier, the official Heavyweight champion of the world, is training in Philadelphia for his coming title fight with Muhammad Ali - formerly Cassius Clay - the undefeated world champion stripped of his title three years ago.
Both fighters will receive two and a half million dollars (one million starling) for the fight, win or lose, which is the largest guarantee ever made in boxing and the highest ever paid to individuals for a single event in sport. The fight will be staged in Madison Square Garden, New York, on March 8.
Both fighters are undefeated. Frazier has fought 26 professional bouts without losing and Muhammed Ali, 31. Muhammed Ali was stripped of the heavyweight title in 1967 when he refused to be drafted into the US Army, and spent three and a half years out of the ring, before being allowed to fight again. Since his 'comeback', Ali has beaten both Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena, inside the distance, in his two fights.
Yancey Durham, Frazier's trainer, is making Joe spar for two weeks without gloves to improve his ring strategy. He is not doing any special training and treating it as any other fight. Durham is confident about Frazier's prospects. In 1970, Frazier was is the ring for only two fights -- and a total of only six rounds. Durham thinks the 15 rounds Muhammed Ali fought with the Argentinean Bonavena have taken a lot out of the ex-champion and predicts a seventh round knockout for Frazier.