Later Foster said he hadn't heard the count after his knockdown. "Both times?" someone asked.
"Both?" said Foster. "I thought I was down only once." Then he sighed. "Oh, well, I still say Frazier is a dumb fighter. But that Cassius Clay is pretty dumb, too. I hope Joe beats him."
"I'm dumb, huh?" Frazier said. "Well, he ain't so smart. He fought me, didn't he?"
The next stop is Ali and Oscar Bonavena, on Dec. 7 in Madison Square Garden, and then maybe it will get down to where it really counts: Frazier and Ali. For real money, this time.