After two battles for the ages, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier each had notched one victory. In 1975, they met in the ring for the third and final time, in the Philippines. This championship bout was the fiercest fighting the island archipelago had seen since WWII. Ali reportedly asked his trainer to cut off his gloves after the 14th round and end the fight, however Frazier's corner man beat him to the punch, by surrendering first. Leading up to this memorable fight, the tale of the tape for the "Thrilla in Manila" was accounted for by the offered magazine centerfold.
This two-page photo pictures Ali and Frazier, with statistics noted for their age, height, weight, reach and body measurements. Both of the all-time heavyweight greats have signed, with Ali's autograph registering as a ("7") strength example, while Frazier's autograph projects ("8") potency. Two folds are evident, with one each vertical and horizontal. The horizontal fold ha a 4" split along the section crossing just below Frazier's belt. Otherwise, this 11x16 presentation remains appealing and suitable for display. Auction LOA from JSA.