Joe should of finished Bugner off when he knocked him down. He hit Bugner with a hard left hook but it was a delayed reaction. Frazier threw another left but stopped before it landed. Had he threw another left the fight would of been over. Frazier is definitely a sportsman, but he should of sent Bugner out.
Yah. And since he left Bugner survive he had to fight two more rounds.
It's amazing that Frazier pulled off the performance he did in Manilla. By that point, he was completely blind in one eye and suffering from arthritis. Without the use of frequent cortisone shots, he couldn't sling his signature left hook.
Yes. He went in great detail about this in his autobiography. He shouldn't have been allowed to box, but he would fool the eye doctors by switching hands instead of switching eyes when he read the chart tests.
That's another reason why I respect Frazier so much. He was one of the greatest of all time, and only had one eye to work with. That's partially why he used the left hook to much...it kept you in range of his good eye.
He lost some of his edge but made up for it by adding a brutal right hand to his arsenal. And who could forget Manila? A lot of guys wouldn’t have survived against him that night, and he wasn’t in his prime anymore. That says something.
Also they say Joe wasn’t the same after the FOTC. I disagree. They mainly say that because of the Foreman disaster. I didn’t notice a dip in his skills until maybe the Bugner fight.
I noticed that Smokin Joe was generally the most vicious when he fought Ali because of his true hatred of the man, although some of his fights (Foster, Ellis, Quarry, etc) are notable exceptions. I think he had the heat cranked all the way up during those fights. He was always brutal but didn’t destroy guys like Terry Daniel with the same level of rage.