The “Sunshine Showdown”

george-foreman  joe-frazier

On January 22, World Boxing Association’s coveted Heavyweight title went to “Big George” Foreman after defeating the reigning champion “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier. A matchup was a breakout moment for Foreman as he faced the winner in the 1964 Olympics who won against the great Muhammad Ali in 1971, and formidable boxer, Frazier.

With Foreman’s greater size advantage of 6’3” against 5’11, his uppercuts brutalized Frazier, knocking him down six times in two rounds. The final judgment came in the second round at 1:35 when Foreman landed a powerful right uppercut and knocked Frazier down to the canvas. At that moment the referee called an end to the match, declaring Foreman the winner by technical knock-out (TKO).

The famous call by announcer Howard Cosell, “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier”, became the memorable drumbeat of that matchup known as, “The Sunshine Showdown”.

You can view this match on YouTube