The Fight of the Century Explained - Ali vs Frazier ALL ACCESS: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor 4 months ago   21:45

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They would face off for the first time in 1971, in what came to be known as, The fight of the century.

When the match was scheduled, it was anyone’s guess how the fight would go.

Ali used complex footwork to circle his opponents on the outside, catching them with whipping jabs before dashing in to throw lightning fast combinations.

In contrast, Frazier would drive directly at his opponents. Rather than use traditional footwork to cut off the ring, Frazier would just charge straight in, counting on his cross guard and phenomenal head movement to keep him safe.

Both Frazier and Ali had some of the best defense of all time, but once again, were polar opposites in the way they went about it.

Frazier used his erratic head movement to make opponents miss, ducking in under their punches to catch them with his powerful gazelle hook.

In contrast, Ali would lean far back, making his opponents chase him and overreach so that he could land a perfectly placed counter punch.

Frazier took his power from the ground, exploding off of his deep crouch. Ali got his power from his opponents, tricking them into stepping into his punches for him.

Both men were similar in that they wore their opponents down over time, Frazier with constant wrestling and body shots, Ali with lightning fast jabs that cut and swelled up his opponents eyes, and took the air out of their lungs.

As the two both prepared for their upcoming battle, both were undefeated.

But this match was more than just a clash of styles. Several elements combined to make this fight transcend boxing in the eyes of the public.

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Julius Apollo Ambit
First three rounds
Frazier's AI: You can't fight him hand to hand!
4th round
Frazier's AI: Countermeasures ready!
Zero Logic
This fight was mere gods fighting for the cosmos.
jay herzog
excellent video!
A Favored Daughter
Ali 💝 The Greatest
Tinstrings
So, after this fight, did they eventually team up to rescue Ali's son after he was kidnapped by Ali's long-lost alien mercenary brother, setting the stage for the former enemies to become good friends?
BazookaAce
This is some Naruto v Sasuke shit.
Akash G G
You are the best!
Jon Jones
Great job explaining everything, awesome video! Anybody who disliked it wished they could’ve made the video 😂😆😜.
Madhvan Vasdev
Brilliant breakdown
Dick Butt
What was the music in the beginning
ThatKidnHisTinny
Frazier fights like mike tyson
Haliconable
Nasty fight. So much trauma to the head, people have died in boxing for much less.
WarGoat
The Original Goku and Vegeta.
John McLane
This was the greatest sport event of all times. It's amazing How underrated Joe Frazier is to America. Hollywood Studios made a Million movies about boxing. Never made 1 about Frazier, ir even about this fight. C'MON, the script is ready. The most expected fight Ever. They should make the movie through Frazier's eyes, showing the nessecity he Had to win to proof that he was a real champion. Not to make a vilain out of Ali, but simply to give Joe Frazier some credit.
To me, Muhammad ali and Joe Frazier sete the greatests fighters of the history of boxing. But Ali is cheered while Frazier is invisible to America... Maybe Someday some visionary Studio make a movie about that amazing fight and that amazing Champion named Joe Frazier 🥊🥊🥊🥊🥊🥊🥊
josselin fernandez
When a Ali vs Terrell breakdown ?
Zero Crimson
Would have been an impressive fight, but Ali didn't fight for 3 years LOL
Eduardo Jara
Lets all be honest here, more than half of us haven't even seen boxing, but this guy makes the boxing match easier to i understand
Celtic Bear
Best fight evet...period
Celtic Bear
Superb!!!!!
Joe Frazier's Left Hook
I almost had Ali in Round 9. His amazing recuperative powers and the bell saved him in that round. My left hook finally knocked him down in Round 15, the final round. How he got up after that punch, I still cannot believe it.
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