Joe Frazier was born in South Carolina and fought out of Philadelphia, but his greatest success came in New York City. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier was born in South Carolina, and became one of Philadelphia's great champions after moving there and fighting out of The City of Brotherly Love in his professional career.
But Chris Celletti of SB Nation New York notes that Frazier also has a secure legacy in The Big Apple, thanks to his great success at Madison Square Garden, including his 1971 win over Muhammad Ali:
Frazier carved out much of his illustrious career at The World's Most Famous Arena before his bouts with Ali. Overall, Frazier fought 11 times at The Garden with a 10-1 record. He became Heavyweight Champion at MSG in what many believe to be one of his best performances in knocking out Jimmy Ellis in February of 1970. Frazier floored Ellis - who had yet to meet the canvas in his professional career to that point - twice in the fourth round to win Ali's vacated belt. Prior to defeating Ellis, Frazier earned a seventh round TKO victory over Jerry Quarry in what The Ring Magazine named its 1969 Fight of the Year. He also defeated the likes of Oscar Bonavena, George Chuvalo and Buster Mathis at the famed building at on Seventh Avenue.
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Early this morning, we posted "The Fight of the Century" from Madison Square Garden.