Former heavyweight boxing champion. Joe Frazier seems to be having difficulty finding sparring tough enough?
Former heavyweight boxing champion. Joe Frazier seems to be having difficulty finding sparring tough enough to stand the pace of the London training.
He is in England to fight European champion Joe Bugner at Earl's Court next month.
In his first week warm up Frazier forced Mike Boswell to surrender with a damaged shoulder after two rounds. Manager "Yank" Durham is already looking for reinforcements to the sparring team of Boswell, Charlie Polite, "Mo Man" Williams and Paul sykes.
One British manage offered "a big tough kid of 6'3" to which Mr. Durham replied, "Bring him along but Lord help him if he's a phoney."
Frazier is anxious to win this fight for two reasons. He badly wants to get his title back from George Foreman who beat him last January and he would like his 12-year-old-son Marvin who only saw that defeat to see win.
Many of the hundreds of spectators watching the training sessions at the Empire Ballroom in London's Leicester Square have not been so impressed by Frazier's build. Some of the extra weight on his things which seemed to slow him down in the Foreman defeat can still be seen although he insists he will be 51bs. lighter by July 2.
In contrast, while Bugner is making no predictions, him slim hips and well proportioned legs took more athletic. But Bugners's right job is not as notorious as the powerful favourite's "terrible hooking."