eWBSS Tournament : Joe Frazier Wipes Out Lennox Lewis In Seven
Just like in the 80’s Joe Frazier showed is what’s its like to face him in his prime. The former heavyweight champion recovered from a first round knock down to drop England’s Lenox Lewis four times en route to a seventh round stoppage victory in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Heavyweight Legends Tournament quarterfinal matchup.
Frazier recovered from an early first round knockdown to drop Lewis in the first, third and twice in the seventh round to proceed to the semi finals of the competition. The fight was stopped at exactly 1:28 of the seventh round
Lewis had both height and reach advantage over Frazier and was able to use all this attributes to his advantage early in the fight using his Jab to an advantage and fighting from the outside. While Lewis made use of his cross arm defence which gave him the advantage picking off the incoming and giving him advantages to counter.
Lewis quickly gained the advantages having been taken as the favourite, he started the second round purposefully, slipping shots in the centre and connected as right hands above on Frazier’s face.However , a sharp uppercut caught Lewis, leaving him briefly dazed seconds before the end of the frame. The former 1988 Olympic Gold medalist and three-time heavyweight titlist recovered well to avoid further damage in the frame.
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Frazier kicked off the third round with some real aggression but Lewis was able to calm the storm and then landing a couple of combinations of his own. Frazier didn’t back down in his attack and had Lewis backed up to the ropes, scoring left hooks but the Brit was able to whither the storm ones again, detect the pace and re-establish his jab.
Lewis was able to send Frazier to the canvas in the fourth round. The two time lineal heavyweight penetrated Frazier’s thight Difence , controling the distance and landing enough Jab to push Frazier backward. An uppercut from Lewis opened up Frazier for a righthand on his chin to score the first knockdown but after beating the count Frazier’s fatigue was evident.
Lewis fought with caution after noting the fight could just change with a single shot, that was wise but that wasn’t still enough as Frazier got himself on track with another win, connecting an right uppercut to attract Lewis attention.
Frazier would connect more shots than that to send Lewis to the canvas early in round six but tried fighting Frazier back after beating the count but got caught again with a counter right hand that reminded him the danger of getting caught in the middle of exchanges.