Joe Frazier Forces Jimmy Ellis To Surrender – February 16, 1970 (This Day In Boxing History)
At this time, boxing needed a new heavyweight champion.
Joe Frazier came out and did exactly what he said he’d do, leaving little to no room for Jimmy Ellis. With the win, Frazier came out with the NYSAC title, Ellis’ WBA title and the vacant WBC and Ring Magazine titles.
Ellis seemed to have had a chance in the first and second rounds as he maneuvered and got away with punches.
But then in the fourth, Frazier’s repetitive and effective left hooks became Ellis’ demise. Ellis was knocked down and barely got up at the nine count.
Ellis hit the mat again after Frazier landed another jab. He got up again at the count of nine, but was unable to continue into the fifth round.
One year later, Frazier became the first person to beat Muhammad Ali.