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George Foreman Regains Title at 45 George Foreman was an intimidating bruiser when he won the world heavyweight title by demolishing Joe Frazier in 1973. He surprisingly lost the crown to Muhammad Ali in Zaire in 1974. By 1977 Foreman was out of boxing and was making a living preaching in Texas. With funds getting a little low, Foreman made what many fans thought was a crazy comeback in 1987 at age 38. Much slower than he had been in his prime, Foreman could still hit with great power, though. Now a fan favorite because of his new likable persona, Foreman had a series of comeback wins. He lost a title try to Evander Holyfield in 1991 at age 42. Three years later he was given another shot against new champion Michael Moorer. Trailing badly on the scorecards entering the tenth round, the 45-year-old Foreman shocked the world with an historic knockout blow, as this clip shows. Listen to Jim Lampley's succinct call: "It happened! It happened!" Also listen to the excited, joyous cheering of the pro-Foreman crowd when Moorer hits the deck. It ranks as one of the magical moments in sports history.
Tags: boxing  George  Foreman  Michael  Moorer 
Added: 20th February 2013
Views: 1907
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Posted By: Lava1964
Johnny Carson Spars With Joe Frazier From a 1971 episode of The Tonight Show (I believe): World heavyweight champion Joe Frazier invites Johnny Carson to put on the gloves and throw a few punches at him. (You can tell Johnny knew a little bit about boxing. Carson was 10-0 as an amateur boxer when he was in serving the navy during the Second World War.)
Tags: Tonight  Show  Johnny  Carson  Joe  Frazier  boxing  sparring 
Added: 13th June 2013
Views: 1582
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Superstars - 1973 Swimming Heats In 1973 ABC Sports came up with a novel idea: Get a group of athletes from different sports, have them compete in events that are not their fortes, and see who comes out on top! That's how The Superstars was created. I used to watch this show regularly, but I missed the first season. According to a popular legend, heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier nearly drowned in the swimming heats. This clip proves he couldn't have drowned because the pool was shallow enough for the athletes' feet to touch the bottom! (see the second heat for proof!) Nevertheless it does conclusively show that Frazier wasn't much of a swimmer. Years later someone asked Frazier why he didn't tell the organizers he couldn't swim. The former champ replied, "I didn't know I couldn't swim until I'd tried!"
Tags: The  Superstars  ABC  swimming  Joe  Frazier 
Added: 14th June 2013
Views: 1687
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Posted By: Lava1964
Frazier vs Zyglewicz  1969 On April 22, 1969, world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier put his title on the line in Houston against hometown favorite Dave (Ziggy) Zyglewicz. Ziggy, a huge underdog, gamely decided to take the fight to Frazier. Ninety-six seconds after the opening bell the contest was over. The vanquished Zyglewicz's wife later told reporters it was akin to "entering a Volkswagen in the Indianapolis 500."
Tags: boxing  Joe  Frazier  Dave  Zyglewicz 
Added: 14th December 2013
Views: 1641
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sad Final Years of Jerry Quarry Jerry Quarry was an extremely popular heavyweight fighter whose best years unfortunately coincided with the heydays of both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Quarry was a two-fisted slugger who possessed suprising mobility in the ring. A fine overall athlete, Quarry was a finalist in ABC's Superstars in 1974. His popularity landed him cameo appearances on TV shows such as Adam-12, I Dream of Jeannie, and Batman. However, Quarry's long career in the ring--he had about 200 amateur bouts and 66 pro fights--took a heavy toll. In 1983, six years after his last fight, Quarry and two other boxers volunteered to take neurological exams for a Sports Illustrated feature on the harmful effects of boxing. Although Quarry seemed perfectly healthy and alert, his test results were shockingly bad. By the mid 1990s, pugilistic dementia, commonly known "being punch drunk" had set in. This sad feature on Quarry was shot in 1995 when he was just 50 years old. He was under the care of his brother because he was unable to take care of himself anymore. Quarry was hospitalized in late December 1998 with pneumonia and died of cardiac arrest on January 3, 1999. He was just 53 years old.
Tags: boxing  Jerry  Quarry  pugilistic  dementia   
Added: 13th November 2013
Views: 1514
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Posted By: Lava1964

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