JANUARY 22, 1973
GEORGE FOREMAN CRUSHES FRAZIER, TAKES TITLE
On this day in 1973, Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazier took on fellow Olympic Gold Medalist George Forman in what was expected to be a time killer before a second epic event with Muhammad Ali. The result however was a shocking and emphatic changing of the guard, as Big George scored six knockdowns in his two round snuffing of Smokin' Joe to claim the championship. It was Frazier's first-ever loss.
Foreman would reign for two years before falling to Ali. Joe would go on to two more classic bouts with Ali as well as a rematch with Foreman.
OTHER FIGHT RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
1932 - Al Ettore W10 Sam Weiss at Philadelphia, PA
1932 - Leroy Haynes KO3 Jack Van Noy at San Francisco, CA
1937 - Benny Bass W10 Red Cochrane at the Cambria A.C. in Philadelphia, PA
1948 - Johnny Forte W8 Earl Huff at Philadelphia, PA
1951 - Tommy Ciarlo W10 Eddie Giosa at The Philadelphia Arena
1951 - Harold Johnson KO4 Dusty Wilkerson at The Philadelphia Arena
1973 - Willie 'The Worm' Monroe KO1 Roy Lee at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica