On this day, March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali faced off against Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. The two Heavyweights were posed to battle in front of a sell out crowd of 20,455 at Madison Square Garden. Culturally the fight held significance as many believed it was a battle between ideologies, Frazier fans were seen as Conservative while Ali fans were see more as Liberal. What ended up being later call “The Fight” ended in a 15th round UD for Frazier who won the belt and dealt Ali his first professional loss.
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