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Joe Frazier Tribute: Smokin' Joe Talks About First Foreman Fight on Dick Cavett Show (Video)

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Here's a clip from the February 21, 1973, edition of The Dick Cavett Show. This was one month after Joe Frazier was stunned by George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica, stopped at 2:26 of the second round after being floored five times.

Oh, and Bill Cosby's there, back when he was funny.


On Foreman: "He didn't switch styles. He just came out and worked. Big, strong fella, and I know one thing. You ask me how well did he fight, I don't know. But I can tell you one thing: He punched good."

On rumors that his manager didn't want him to fight Foreman: "I don't know. Managers and trainers, they're always against something that you get involved in. But sometimes you take a chance at it. As long as I've been fighting, I always had a tendency of pushing my managers a little faster. ... I go pretty fast in the game. I wanted the fight, because I didn't want the reputation of trying to duck anybody. I'm a fighting champion, and I wanted to fight George, and I lost the fight fair and square."

On whether it's embarrassing after a loss: "Not to me. I kinda put myself together for a day like this. ... I prepare myself by being kind and being nice to everybody. I treat everybody like I like to be treated. I wasn't the type of guy to carry a whole flock around with me. ... The next day I went out, and I went to my gym, and they had 'Welcome Home, Champ.' ... I'm not gonna hide from it because I got whupped. I got whupped once. I got whupped a lot of times from my mama."

The definition of a gracious loser in this interview.

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