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The Thrilla in Manila 30th Anniversary Special


It has been 30 years since the epic battle between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place in Manila where pageantry, savagery, machismo, intelligence, hatred and respect were manisfested in what had been the greatest boxing bout of all time. Below are stories penned for this occasion coming from boxing writers from different corners of the globe.

There are 49 articles related to this issue.
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Greatest heavyweight fight!
By Glenn Schouw, Daily News, 07 Oct 2005
Booing fans from round one to 12 in a world title fight, now that's something in anyone's book. No surprises that it was a heavyweight fight - and IBF champion Chris Byrd was involved. He sleepwalked his way through a decision win over DaVarryl Williamson at the Reno Centre in Nevada last weekend
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Thrilla in Manila: 30th Anniversary
By Robert Cassidy Jr., The Sweet Science, 05 Oct 2005

It was simply a brutal fight. To call it a boxing match does not capture the essence of the contest or its combatants. This was fighting at its core. It was 14 rounds of fighting at its finest. And, perh
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A Conversation with Angelo Dundee
By Luca De Franco, The Sweet Science, 04 Oct 2005

Angelo Dundee is considered the greatest boxing coach in America. He has guided fifteen fighters to world titles and helped Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard become stars on a global level. When Ali shocked
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Thirty Years Later - The Building Blocks of "The Thrilla In Manila" Part 2
By Frank Lotierzo, BoxingScene.com, 03 Oct 2005
July 1975 through October 1, 1975 With Bugner out of the way, Ali vs. Frazier III was on. This time the winner would have the historical bragging rights over the other. In what was a complete role reversal after their first fight, Ali was on top of the world and Frazier was looking in. By the
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Joe's still smoulderin'
By Tom English, The Scotsman, 02 Oct 2005
AS OMENS went, this was as dark as boxing had ever known, a day in early autumn, 1975, when Muhammad Ali was in the ring, doing his thing, an audience hanging on his every abusive word about Smokin' Joe Frazier. Only that's not what Ali called him. Just as Joe never called Ali anything other than Cl
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Heavy Losses
By Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian, 02 Oct 2005
30 years after the 'Thrilla in Manila', heavyweight boxing finds itself down and almost out. Where have the great fighters gone? Audley Harrison declared recently that he was ready to 'follow in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Lennox Lewis'. Presumably this is to h
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Ali-Frazier III in Manila remembered
By Eddie Alinea, Tempo, 02 Oct 2005
Thirty years after the last of the epic trilogy, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier are still swinging at each other in media interviews, newspapers and magazine write ups and television documentaries commemorating the fight called ''Thrilla in Manila.'' Long before Ali and Frazier enplaned for Ma
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Thrilla for the ages
30 years ago today the world stood still for Ali-Frazier III

By Murray Greig, Edmonton Sun, 01 Oct 2005
The script for the "Thrilla in Manila" - the final act in the three-part blood feud between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier - was written half a world away, in the sweltering heat of Zaire, Africa, in the summer of 1974. Three years earlier, in his third fight since returning from a 40-month forced
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Ali-Frazier fight extracts dreadful price
By John Mehaffey, Reuters, 01 Oct 2005
LONDON (Reuters) - Every element illustrating the heroism, fascination and moral ambiguity of prize fighting fused in the incandescent world title clash between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the punishing humidity of Manila 30 years ago. After 14 rounds of unremitting brutality and with the two
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Frazier's Son Recalls Ali's Belated Tribute
By Murray Greig, Edmonton Sun, 01 Oct 2005
On the phone from Philadelphia, Marvis Frazier launches into an eerily perfect imitation of Howard Cosell. The words tumble out in that familiar New York twang, clipped and concise: "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for joining us for today's rebroadcast of The Fight of the Ce
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