Today in Sports History: May 26

In 1972, former professional boxer, Joe Frazier, TKO’d former professional boxer, Ron Stander, in 5 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title. 

Throughout his career, Frazier won the Philadelphia Golden Gloves novice heavyweight championship, Middle Atlantic Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship, Olympic Gold Medal in heavyweight boxing, New York State heavyweight boxing title, and the World Boxing Association heavyweight boxing title. He finished his career with an overall record of 32-4-1 and 27 knockouts. 

Frazier won the heavyweight boxing title by unanimous decision in 15 rounds. Frazier threw a left hook in the 15th round that sent Ali to the side of the ring. It was Ali’s first defeat in his career. Frazier went on for two years and defended his title until losing to George Foreman in 1973. The following year he met Ali in another match and lost. 

In 1975, Frazier was having cataract issues and knew his last fight was going to be with Ali. In 1976, Frazier decided to have one last fight against Foreman before retiring. He was knocked out in the fifth round and retired right after that fight. In 1981, he had a single fight and lost and retired once again. 

He was later inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 for his incredible career. Unfortunately, in 2011, Frazier passed away from liver cancer at the age of 67. His legacy and career will always be remembered. 

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