"The Fight of the Century" is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing bout between WBC/WBA heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (26–0, 23 KOs) and Ring magazine/lineal heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (31–0, 25 KOs), held on Monday, March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Joe Frazier won a 15 round unanimous decision. This fight was the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title. After reflecting on his first loss, Muhammad Ali said: "The whole fight was wrong on my part, my whole attitude. Not being serious, starting out in the fight by playing, joking and patting him on the head, standing in the corners and talking to him, clowning, laying on the ropes and just the whole idea of the whole thing; even the tassels i've got on my shoes was bad - i've never worn tassels on my shoes before. The red trunks were wrong, I wear white trunks. I have been off almost 4 years and lost most contact with all my fans, forgot the value of what I had and lost, just nothing was right. Everything served as a purpose to really be ready for the next fight [Ali vs Frazier 2] and have no excuses!" - Ali went on to win the rematch and then he went on to win a third and deciding fight against Frazier in which Ali stopped him. By way of TKO in the 15th round when Frazier's corner threw the towel in due to the beating Frazier was receiving.
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