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The Fight of the Century

Nonfiction: Sports History
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/17/2020

The Fight of the Century

Ali vs. Frazier March 8, 1971

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574599
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574582


The Fight of the Century is very likely the most dramatic, compelling, and moving sports story you will ever hear.

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Product Description

It was more than the long-awaited showdown between two superb athletes in their prime, more than the ultimate test of speed and artistry versus power and endurance. It was more than a boxing match, much more. The first meeting between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971, transcended the world of sports to become a major international media spectacle with tremendous social and political overtones.

Sportswriter Michael Arkush draws from interviews with Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee; his doctor, Ferdie Pacheco; and more than 100 others to examine how the fight, watched by more than 300 million viewers around the world, ushered in a new era of sports marketing. From then on, every game would be turned into an "event," powered by over-the-top hype and carefully staged pageantry.

This sweeping real-life saga features insightful portraits of both fighters. Among many telling details in this fascinating account, you'll discover why Ali's favorite foil, Howard Cosell, who had defended the champ passionately during his exile, did not call the fight, and how a prominent Hollywood agent and a California businessman teamed up to promote the event. You'll also learn how a little-known Georgia legislator helped make Ali's comeback possible.

Author Bio

Michael Arkush is an award-winning sportswriter. His books include The Last Season with Phil Jackson; The Big Fight with Sugar Ray Leonard; "Rush!", the bestselling unauthorized biography of Rush Limbaugh; and Fairways and Dreams. Arkush lives in Oak View, California, with his wife, Pauletta.