On this day in fistiana...
Joe Frazier vs. Jimmy Ellis
February 16, 1970
On this day in fistiana, Smokin' Joe Frazier demolished Jimmy Ellis at Madison Square Garden, in what many consider one of his finest appearances. Joe Frazier's storied-left hook is the highlight of this fight which was for the Best-Of-The-Best at Heavyweight not named Muhammad Ali, as the Champion was unable to defend the lineal championship while in exile after his refusal to be inducted into the US Armed Forces.
Frazier proved here he was certainly far more than just the Champion-Of-Everyone-Else in systematically breaking down the Angelo Dundee trained stylist Jimmy Ellis in what turned out to be a partial harbinger of things to come when Frazier was to meet a reunited Dundee & Ali in this same building.