With celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Woody Allen and LeRoy Neiman in attendance at Madison Square Garden, the March 8, 1971 Heavyweight Championship bout lived up to its “Fight of the Century” billing as Joe Frazier retained the crown by handing Muhammad Ali his first professional loss. Still a hot topic 25 years later, the fight and its combatants were featured on the cover of the September 30, 1996 issue of Sports Illustrated. Framed to 15-11/16 x 34-7/16”, this example is autographed by its hard-hitting subjects! Symmetrically arranged with two 10x8 black-and-white photos from the historic fight, the colorful periodical is signed in black marker by Ali (“8” strength) and Frazier (“9” strength). Full photo LOA from JSA.
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