Name: ALI, MUHAMMAD-JOE FRAZIER II FIGHTER AGREEMENT CONTRACT (1974-SIGNED BY ARUM & BRENNER)
History: Ali vs. Frazier II was a non-title boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The second of the three Ali-Frazier bouts, it took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 1974. Ali was a slight favorite to win, and did by a unanimous decision. The official verdict was disputed in some quarters; Red Smith of the New York Times scored the bout 6-5-1 for Frazier. At the end of round two, Frazier, a notoriously slow starter in fights, was hurt by an Ali right hand and was in significant trouble. Referee Tony Perez stepped in between the two fighters having mistakenly thought he heard the bell. The interruption allowed Frazier precious seconds to recover and he was able to finish the round on his feet when the action resumed. Ali employed markedly different tactics from the first fight. He didnít allow Frazier to work inside tying up the shorter fighter by holding him behind the neck with his left hand while keeping Frazierís vaunted left tied up with the other. This pattern of Ali punching in flurries followed by clinching dominated most of the fight. Offered here is an original Fighter Agreement Contract for the fight. A 13 page document signed by Bob Arum for Top Rank (Ali), Don Fraser for Forum Boxing and Teddy Brenner for Madison Square Garden. Lays out all conditions including monetary. Original date of February 4th changed to January 28th.
Full description: This is a 13 page, legal size document. Not creased or torn. Slight foxing from age. Bold ink signatures. Dog eared at upper right. Stapled at upper left. 8 1/2" x 13." Significant historical contract.
Size: 8 1/2 x 13
Categories: Autographed Contracts - Ali, Muhammad/Cassius Clay - Arum, Bob
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