Throughout a tumultuous period in American history, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman took center stage in the boxing world. Between 1971 and 1975, these three men battled each other on almost every continent. Their commanding performances in their most unforgettable fights—The Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier!, The Rumble in the Jungle, and the Thrilla in Manila—are still celebrated today. Their impressive bouts for the heavyweight belt, set against a backdrop of national controversy and confusion, made for an unpredictable tournament that provided a sense of clarity for America during a time of political chaos.
By Erik Potter
Photo Credit: Marc Vasconcellos
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