March 8, 1971: Joe Frazier, left, hits Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of their heavyweight title bout — the "Fight of the Century" Â at New York's Madison Square Garden.
November 7, 2011 Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, once bitter opponents, had reconciled in recent years. They fought three of boxing's most famous fights. Now, Frazier has liver cancer.
Muhammad Ali dodges a hook thrown by Joe Frazier. Knocked down in the 15th and final round, Ali lost by a unanimous decision, his first professional defeat.
March 8, 2011 To honor the momentous Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier boxing match, Life has published a gallery of never-before-seen photos.
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