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Difference Between Ali and Frazier

Boxing is a sport, just like any other, which dates back to the ancient Middle East, and has largely evolved. Many championships have been played all over the world, with many boxing legends such as Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao, Georges Carpentier and Joe Frazier having participated in professional boxing. 


Who is Muhammad Ali?

Born on 17th January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad started boxing at the tender age of 12 years, and by the age of 18, he had won the light heavyweight gold medal championship. He is known for being one of the best heavyweight boxers, hence is commonly referred to as the greatest heavy boxer of all time. In his life, he played 61 total fights, with 56 wins. Of those wins, 37 were by KO. He only lost a total of 5 matches. Muhammad died in 2016 at the age of 74. 


Who is Joe Frazier?

Born on 12th January 1944, in Beaufort, South Carolina, Joe Frazier was an award-winning boxing champion in the heavyweight category. In his professional boxing career, he played a total of 37 fights with 32 wins. Of the 32 wins, 27 were by KO. He had 4 losses and 1 draw. He died on 7th November 2011 at the age of 67. 


Similarities between Ali and Frazier

  • Both were heavyweight boxers. 
  • Both were born in the United States of America 
  • Both represented the United States in their medal records


Differences between Ali and Frazier

  1. Birth of Ali and Frazier

While Ali was born on 17th January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, Frazier was born on 12th January 1944, in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

  1. Matches played by Ali and Frazier

 Ali played a total of 61 fights, with 56 wins. Of those wins, 37 were by KO. He only lost a total of 5 matches. Frazier, on the other hand, played a total of 37 fights with 32 wins. Of the 32 wins, 27 were by KO. He had 4 losses and 1 draw.

  1. Death

Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74 while Frazier died on 7th November 2011 at the age of 67.

  1. Fighting techniques

While Ali used the technique of throwing punches from indifferent angles and also avoiding the use of his hand to throw punches, Frazier put a lot of pressure on his opponents hence wearing them down. 

Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier: Comparison Table


Summary of Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

Although the two are different persons with different ideologies, principles, and tactics, both Ali and Frazier were boxing champions and continue to inspire upcoming boxers. The world experienced a big loss through the death of the two. 


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Tabitha graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, whereby she specialized in Finance. She has had the pleasure of working with various organizations and garnered expertise in business management, business administration, accounting, finance operations, and digital marketing.

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[4]Hauser Thomas. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times. Simon and Schuster Publishers, 1992. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=6aaV0p8jaeUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Differences+between+ali+and+frazier&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-4IayrfXfAhUQnxQKHVH0C-AQ6AEISzAG#v=onepage&q=Differences%20between%20ali%20and%20frazier&f=false

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