Ali-Frazier III: "The Thrilla in Manila"

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The early rounds
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The early rounds

The fight began at 10:45 a.m. local time to accommodate international TV audiences. Ali outboxed and outscored the challenger early and staked a lead on all three judges' cards, but Frazier took control in the middle rounds as the suffocating humidity took hold of the champ.


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