Ali-Frazier: Fight of the Century at 50

On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier became the first two fighters to square off for the heavyweight title in the “Fight of the Century.” An ABC... See More

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On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier became the first two fighters to square off for the heavyweight title in the “Fight of the Century.” An ABC special marks the 50th anniversary, and it explains the rivalry’s three fights in the context of the times. Hear from ESPN commentators Scoop Jackson and Mark Kriegel, and go behind the scenes with Dennis Lewin, who produced a studio show that ended up in a scuffle between the two fighters as Howard Cosell called it all. Also, CBS remembers two legends from “The NFL Today,” analyst Irv Cross and producer Mike Pearl, who passed away last week.

On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier became the first two fighters to square off for the heavyweight title in the “Fight of the Century.” An ABC special marks the 50th anniversary, and it explains the rivalry’s three fights in the context of the times. Hear from ESPN commentators Scoop Jackson and Mark Kriegel, and go behind the scenes with Dennis Lewin, who produced a studio show that ended up in a scuffle between the two fighters as Howard Cosell called it all. Also, CBS remembers two legends from “The NFL Today,” analyst Irv Cross and producer Mike Pearl, who passed away last week.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.