This is a Muhammad Ali vs. "Thrilla in Manila" Framed Poster. The poster is in good condition-There are a couple of impressions.
1 to the left of the P in the word Philippines &. 1 slightly lower and to the left. "A Thrilla in Manila", named the greatest fight of the past fifty years by The Ring magazine. Ali defeated Frazier when the fight was stopped between the 14th and 15th rounds. Afterwards Ali proclaimed "Frazier is the greatest fighter of all times, next to me".Features leRoy Neiman illustrations of both boxers. Billed as the "Thrilla in Manila", the 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was an event for the ages. Frazier was the top dog and was supposed to have the upper hand. Frazier battled well, pounding Ali with thunderous body punches. But Ali surged back with the intensity of a lion and, of course, emerged victorious.
Offered is a 1975 promotional broadside advertising the historic "Saga of Our Lifetime" fight. Featuring the portraiture of Leroy Neiman, the poster is colorful and indicative of the 1970s.
Muhammad Ali signed the piece in black felt tip. The poster measures approximately 14-1/4" x 22-1/4" and is in good condition. The frame has some damage/scrapes. By the sixth round, Frazier had staggered him in turn and seemed to be gaining control of the bout.At the beginning of the seventh round, Ali reportedly whispered in Frazier's ear, Joe, they told me you was all washed up. " Frazier growled back, "They lied.
Finally, in the tenth round, Frazier began to slow down and tire, and Ali slowly turned the tide. In the 11th round, he used his speed to dance more and to unload a series of fast combinations on Frazier, which severely disfigured his face by the end of the round, swelling Frazier's eyes to the point that nothing but a tiny slit remained open.
Throughout the 12th round, Ali continued to turn the momentum, increasingly overwhelming Frazier and using the fact that Frazier could no longer see his right hand coming to hit Frazier with one hard right after another. About a minute into the 13th round, Ali landed another blistering combination on Frazier, sending the injured fighter's mouthpiece flying into the crowd. In the 14th round, Frazier was almost blind as he stepped in and was met once more with punishing blows from Ali. It was later revealed that Frazier actually had a cataract in his left eye and, with the punishment from Ali closing his right eye, was effectively fighting blind in the last rounds of the fight.
Eddie Futch, Frazier's trainer, decided to stop the fight between the 14th and 15th rounds. Frazier protested stopping the fight, shouting "I want him, boss" and trying to get Futch to change his mind. Futch simply replied, It's all over. No one will forget what you did here today and signaled to the referee to end the bout.
Ali was therefore declared the victor. He got up from his stool, raised his arm in victory, and then collapsed onto the canvas. Ali claimed that this was the closest to dying he has ever been.At the post-fight press conference, Ali said, Joe Frazier, I'll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I'm gonna tell ya, that's one helluva man, and God bless him.
" He then announced, "Joe Frazier is the greatest fighter in the world, next to me. The item "Muhammad Ali vs. Frazier 1975 Thrilla in Manila Signed by Ali Framed Poster" is in sale since Thursday, January 12, 2017.
This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Fan Apparel & Souvenirs\Boxing". The seller is "digitaldeals2u" and is located in Ontario, California.This item can be shipped to United States.