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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta  - THI UTHBRIDGE HMAID - Tuesday, March Wf A LONG TIME IN COMING - Muhammad Ali lies on his back with Frazier retained his heavyweight title with a unanimous decision oveT Joe Frazier, the heavyweight champion, standing over him. A stunning Ali Monday night in New York's Madison Square Garden, left hand in the 15th round dropped Ali for the first time in his career. Who's the champ?" the victor wants to know Frazier whipped a game, but beaten Ali NEW YORK (CP) - It WAS The Fight. Madison Square Garden, where the heavyweight championship battle was held, and closed-circuit emporiums around the world had billed it as such and it far-surpassed expectations. When the dust had cleared " after 15 furious non-stop rounds in the Garden, Smokin' Joe Fra zier was still sitting on the heavyweight boxing throne. But only after weathering many stormy and anxious moments. The 300,000-plus paying customers-in the promoters' estimate-in many countries had seen the sporting event of their lives. The majority had come out to see Muhammad Ali get his long-awaited licking. And they got their wish when Frazier trounced the previously-unbeaten former champ over 15 rounds for a unanimous decision. But they ended up cheering Ali. It was that kind of a fight. KEEPS COMING BACK Ali took everything Frazier threw his way and kept coming back to counter with damaging punches of his own and was dangerous right to the final bell. Frazier said he would gladly give Ali a rematch at "any time," but added; "I don't think he'll want one." Ali did not appear at a joint news conference following the fight, but Drew (Bundini) Brown, one of his trainers, appeared in his place and said: "We'll be back, and this time there won't be any three years between fights. You can't put a car in the garage for three years and expect it not to have a few kinks," Bundini said. He was referring to Ali's forced retirement for refusing to accept induction into the United States Army. "We'll be back," said Bundini. "And all the bumps and kinks will be out and we will be ready. "The first thing Muhammad Ali told me in the dressing room after the fight was to 'Get the guns ready, we're going to set traps again'." Bundini said Ah" was unable to appear at the post-fight conference, attended by some 600 sports writers from around the world, because he had gone to a hospital for treatment of a sore jaw. But it was learned later that Ali had returned to his hotel room and was snoozing away his wounds and hurt pride. Angelo Dundee, Ali's trainer and adviser, confirmed that Ali's jaw was not broken and that he had taken some medication to ease the discomfort caused by his swollen face. The fight started out like no heavyweight title fight in history. And it did not let up until the final gong. Frazier came out smoking as he promised to, and Ali was giving him tit for tat at the start. But then the tide started to change. FRAZIER FINDS RANGE Frazier, bobbing, weaving and throwing continuous bombs, started to find the range by the fourth round. And it looked as though the battle might end on any one of the many left hooks that Frazier landed. But Ali took everything that Frazier could dish out and countered with jolting punches of his own. Frazier was on Ali like a leech in the fifth round, probably figuring he would be able to finish his man. But Ali stabbed Frazier with jab after jab and managed to keep his distance. Finally, Frazier stuck his chin out to Ali, inviting him to land his Sunday punch. And Ali did just that. But Frazier did not back up an inch. He said; later he wanted to let Ali know be couldn't hurt him. But Ali kept coming back and Frazier was forced to hang, on time and time again after it looked like he had the unpredictable Ali at his mercy. Muhammad misses conference It was unanimous - Brown NEW YORK (CP) - It was unanimous. "He's the champ, no doubt about it," said Drew (Bundini) Brown, confidant and virtual guru of Muhammad Ali. He was referring, however, to Joe Frazier, and not Ali. "You whupped him," someone shouted at Frazier, the victor in an all-out brawl at Madison Square Garden Monday night that decided the undisputed world heavyweight boxing championship. "I can't say it no better than that," said Frazier, the 27-year-old powerhouse from Philadelphia who applied constant pressure to Ali during the action-packed bout, floored the former champion in the 15th round and walked away with a unanimous decision. After saying that, Frazier told reporters at a crowded news conference: "Let me go home to straighten out by face." Then he left. ALI DOESN'T SHOW But Ali, 29-year-old Louisville, Ky., native stripped of his title 3Vt years ago for refusing induction into the United States armed forces, did not arrive. He was taken to hospital for treatment of his swollen face, ExportA REGULAR AND KINGS constant target of Smokin' Joe's vicious left hooks. One of them put Ali down in the 15th. Brown said after the fight that Ali, who won the world heavyweight championship as Cassius Clay, had a "broken" right jaw. However, other spokesmen for Ali's camp said he did not have a broken jaw, and was resting at his hotel. Frazier, who won the title dun'ng Ali's forced sabbatical, also showed the marks of battle. He was cut and bruised around the eyes, the result of his aggressive battle plans and Ali's left jab and straight right. Both fighters-each of whom made $2.5 million for the night's work-'talked of a rematch, butindifferent terms. "I don't think he wants a rematch-not right now, anyway," Frazier said of Ali. Brown, who filled in at the news conference for Ali, who lost his first pro fight in 32 battles, said his fighter wanted a rematch and quoted Ali as saying: "Get the guns ready, we're going to set the traps." "Joe Frazier is no ordinary champ," Brown said. "Tlie car (Ali) has been in the garage for three years. "NW the bumps and the clinks are out. ... He (Frazier) is the real champ. . . . We're going to get him." "Who's the champ? . . . Who's the champ?" Frazier asked the news conference. Although the lopsided decision said he was, he did not look it with his battered face. There were conflicting statements about how the two fighters viewed each other after the battle. WANTS APOLOGY "I want him to come to me and apologize for all the b#d things he said about iv.e," Frazier said. Ali had promised to crawl across the ring to Frazier if he lost but no such event took place. Brown reported that the fighters congratulated each other on a tough fight but there were no recriminations. 'Joe Frazier came over and said 'Good fight,'" Brown said. "They congratulated one another." Brown admitted that Ali was on "queer street" during the fight and said Ali was "proud to have got through the fight without being knocked out." Both fighters indulged in what appeared to be showboating during the fight. Frazier stuck his face out at Ali during the middle rounds and challenged Ali to hit him. Frazier reported afterward: "I let him know I could take anything he could throw and more." LETS FRAZIER PUNCH Ali leaned against the ropes and let Frazier punch at him on a couple of occasions, only shoving his left in Frazier's face in retaliation. "You think he was clowning?" Frazier asked. "He couldn't move." Brown attributed Ali's action to the fighter's "master ego." "All champs have little boys in them," Brown said. Brown said the injury to Ali's jaw occurred between the ninth and 11th rounds. Referee Arthur Mercante said it happened in the 13th. "I knew it right away," he said. "I saw Ali's cheek swell up quickly in the 33th." "The way they were hitting each other I was surprised it went 15," said Mercante. "But it was a beautifully fought fight, and they threw some of the best punches I've ever seen. "They both could take it." Ali came out swinging in the ninth round, bloodying Frazier's nose and having him in dire straits for the first time in the fight at the bell. Again in the 10th, Ali came out strong and had Frazier in trouble with a right-left-right combination. But Frazier connected with several left hooks of his own and had Ali on Queer Street at the bell in a wild and even round. DOCTOR ALERT Dr. Harry F. Kleiman of the New York State Athletic Com mission headed for Ali's corner between rounds, but Ali scared him off with an outburst of words, confirming he wanted to continue. Frazier pinned Ali against the ropes for two solid minutes in the 13th round with non-stop punching, but Ah kept coming up with new resources to keep punching back. He came back to win the 14th round with savage counter-attacking. But whatever doubt there was about the outcome was sealed in the final round. Frazier nailed Ali with a half-uppercut, half-left hook about 30 seconds into the round and the former champion ended on his back, his head hitting the canvas heavily. Not one soul in the 20.455 crowded into the jam-packed Garden would have bet a plugged nickel that Ali would get up. But get up he did, and Frazier was pressed right to the final bell. Few could find reason to dispute the unanimous decision given Frazier. But few also could find fault with the exhibition put on by Ali. Again, it was that kind of fight. FRAZIER FELT IT "Let me go straighten my face up," Frazier said, excusing himself from a post-fight press conference. "I ain't that ugly." Referee Art Mercante made it eight rounds for Frazier, six for Ali and one even. Judge Artie Idala had it 9-6 for Frazier and the other judge, Bill Recht, gave Frazier 11 rounds and Ali four. The Associated Press and The Canadian Press both made it 9-4-2 for Frazier. Ali, always the clown, teased Frazier frequently when he was backed against the ropes. He pawed at Frazier with his gloves, like a child fondling a toy. Frazier resented the display and asked afterward, what he thought of Ali's antics, barked crisply: "Clowning? He wasn't clowning. He was too tired to move." Ali, wearing red velvet shoes, frequently shook off Frazier's hardest jolts and waved consolation to his body of admirers. At the end of the sixth round, Ali, shaken by a succession of Frazier hooks, turned to the crowd and yelled: 'No contest" Closed-circuit venture seems like big success By THE CANADIAN PRESS Irv Ungerman claimed success Monday night in his promotion of (he closed-circuit television preservation of the Joe Frazler-Muhammad Ali heavyweight championship fight. Ungerman, manager of Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo, said when he applied for the rights he would sell enough tickets to make it the biggest sporting event ever to hit Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. His group, working in conjunction with Bobby Orr Enterprises, also harnessed the rights' to every other theatre showing in Canada of the New York title fight, with the exception of Calgary and Vancouver. With the Gardens already sold out two days before the fight and a nearby movie house in the process of selling out earlier in the evening, he spent most of Monday night checking on the sellouts and near sellouts of about 20 other locations from Regina to Sydney, N.S. By 6 p.m. Monday, he estimated the $275,000 gamble-the amount his groups had to guarantee against do per cent of the total taker-would realize nearly $900,000, "maybe even a million," At the time the estimate was $875,000, and still selling across the country. BETTER THAN FORECAST "So you can see we're even better than our prediction of three-quarters of million dollars. I think we could go over a million just in the part of Canada we're covering. We don't have Calgary or Vancouver." But, getting closer to home, he added: "I'm really happy this is such a big success, particularly here in Toronto. . . ." With the added seats at the theatre, the total Toronto revenue was estimated to be about $203,000. "We needed to gross about $450,000 to break even," said Ungerman, "but when we realized $200,000 in Toronto, I knew we had a hit on our hands and started breathing easier." It was the same picture elsewhere with prices ranging from $8 to $20 a seat. SOME TURNED AWAY Halifax and Sydney had tur-naway crowds that grossed between $75,000 and $80,000 while the New Brunswick centres of Moncton and Saint John had bumper crowds that paid upwards of $40,000 to view the fight. Some 15,000 fans packing the Montreal Forum were partisan Ali fans at the start but booed him at the end. Several Ontario centres were at or near the saturation point. Few of the 4,500 Hamilton Forum seats were empty where another $36,000 was realized by the combined Ungerman-Orr group. It was more of the same at Kitchener where 4,000 attended the closed-circuit showing. Leffingwell top shooter Evelyn Leffingwell of the Lethbridge Marksmen Club turned in an outstanding individual performance at the indoor rifle competition in Calgary. Leffingwell won the sharpshooter class, three - position event. The three positions event includes prone, kneeling and standing positions. The competition was sponsored by the Calgary Rifle and Pistol Club. IT'S HERE NOW THE NEW 1971 Yamaha 650-XSI-B This bike in a real powerhouse. The new 4-stroke overhead-cam engine is a masterpiece of engineering. The 5-speed transmission offers positive assurance in every gear. The dust and waterproof brakes are fade-free for safe, sure stops under any road condition, lightweight construction and starting ease that cinch Yamaha's claim to the "better machine" award. A 53 h.p., 4 stroke O.H.C. para\\e\ twin machine. See the complete 1971 Yamaha Line Available New. YAMAHA CYCLE SALES & SERVICE Located Under the Water Tower Phone 328-6777 Windsor had gate receipts of about $45,000 with a capacity house of over 4,300. London, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Thunder Bay were the other provincial centres where Ungerman said he hoped to reap another $200,000 outside the Toronto operation. About 6,000 paid $10 each to view the fight in the 8,000-seat Winnipeg Arena; another 2,000 showed up at the Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium for the same figure and Regina's Centre for the Arts held a crowd of 2,000. Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium packed in more than 2,700 fans who paid $10 to $12.50 while Calgary attracted the largest-ever audience to see a fight on closed circuit-4,330-at $10 a head. Vancouver's 5,550-seat Forum was a sellout at $10 and $12.50 for seats and Victoria's Memorial Arena accommodated a capacity crowd of 2,200 at $10 each. Zeniths join Raymond Comets The Magrath Zeniths will Join the Raymond Comets in, the provincial finals which will be held in Calgary next weekend as they came up with a convincing 51-24 victory over th� LCI Rams in Raymond last night. The four top finishers in the Commission files appeal FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -The state racing commission formally filed its appeal Monday of the circuit court decision which held that Dancer's Image should get first-place money for winning the 1968 Kentucky Derby. The circuit court decision being appealed is that which overturned a racing commission order awarding the first-place purse for the 1968 Derby to Forward Pass, who crossed the finish line second. Southern Alberta "A" Bo*a Basketball League played off in a double knockout tournament which started last Friday night to see what two teams would represent this zone in the Alberta finals. Last Saturday night the Comets clinched a play - off berth as they dumped the Magrath Zeniths in the championship finals winning tfrr play-offs with two straight victories. This left the stage for the Zenith - Ram encounter held last night. The Catholic Central Cougars were eliminated from further play as the Rams trimmed them 38-36 for their second tourney loss. In last night's affair the Zeniths hit the Rams hard in the first half as they maintained a solid 22-11 lead at half time. Things didn't change much in the final half of play as the ZenUns out - played the Rams hit for 29 points white holding the Rams to only 13. Don Hamilton led the Zeniths attack with an 18 point performance while Rusty Rolling-son chipped in with 12. Mark Haslim paced the Rams with eight points and Bryco Thomson added seven. r �.�.�iWA�,*a. ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES i * i > NATIONAL LBAOUI East Division__ W L T F A Pt Boston......48 � 7 324 144 103 New York ... 41 " " 21* 1� � Real .. .. 34 18 12 23* 174 80 Toronto ..... 33 27 * 211 181 72 Buffalo ...... 1� 3� 13 177 249 49 Detroit :: :::: � 35 10 � Vancouver . . 18 40 6 171 243 42 West Division , . Chicago...... 42 15- � 237 154 92 st Louis .... 27 21 1* 174 168 70 Minnesota .. . 24 2? 14 1*3 97 42 Phils....... 24 29 12 178 190, 40 Pittsburgh . . 20 30 14 188 I" 5� �S'.IBSS SCOR.NO LEADERS , ^ ,,,, Esposlto, BOS........57 47 124 58 Orr, Bos............. 44 84 114 79 Bucyk, Boa ..........44 SO 94 4 Hodge, Boa..........40 S3 93 95 B. 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