Premium | Apr 03 2019

Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier – the greatest rivalry in sport

Alan Hubbard was ringside for all three instalments of the Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier rivalry. Here, he recalls the ups, downs and general craziness of this classic heavyweight trilogy
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The first act in the historic trilogy starring Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was an epic drama which transfixed the world.

New York was buzzing with anticipation and inside a packed Madison Square Garden the atmosphere was so intense both before and during the fight that two spectators died of heart attacks.

I remember, too, how we all sat at ringside with garish blue and red Ali v Frazier baseball caps plonked firmly on heads on the instruction of the wonderfully laconic Garden PR John XF Condon.