FNF: Joe Frazier versus Jerry Quarry I

1969. The summer of love for many but for thousands of working class kids around England a very different time. Sometimes at For The Suits we have sudden epiphanies, where we can;t understand why we’ve been ignoring something for so long. This was one of them folks. The Ring Fight of the Year for 1969. Muhammad Ali was in exile, no state commission willing to give a war dissenter a boxing license and risk the wrath of the American government. Joe Frazier was one of the sports rising stars, a heavy handed cat with a hammer for a left hand. Jerry Quarry was a 198lb heavyweight afraid of no one. He had already fought some of the best in the game at this point, never afraid of a challenge. Well Frazier was the man to provide it. This is one of them phone booth fights, and it’s incredible to think either man could take the punishment of it for a prolonged period of time. But you always put a little bit something special into your effort when you fight at Madison Square Garden.

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