History | Dec 03 2016

On This Day: Joe Frazier has one final hurrah against musclebound Floyd ‘Jumbo’ Cummings

Matt Christie looks back on heavyweight legend's Joe Frazier's final fight
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1. FIVE-AND-A-HALF years after being hammered into retirement by George Foreman, 38-year-old “Smokin” Joe Frazier returned. The venue was Chicago’s International Ampitheatre on December 3, 1981 and unknown body-builder Floyd ‘Jumbo’ Cummings was the opponent.

2. IT was supposed to be first part of a three-part master plan, constructed by promoter Bill Cooley, who hoped to secure the ageing warrior a shot at WBA heavyweight champion Mike Weaver the following year.

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