It was the most momentous fight the sport had ever seen—it was the “Fight of the Century.”
That fight took place on March 8, 1971 when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier battled it out at Madison Square Garden for the World Heavyweight Championship. It was the first time two undefeated boxers went head-to-head for the title. And now, we get a closer look at the epic event in the one-hour documentary Roots of Fight Presents: Ali: Birth of The Greatest, airing Friday at 11:15 pm ET on Spike TV.
The rumble was the first of three epic fights between Ali and “Smokin Joe” and this one didn’t disappoint: it lasted 15 rounds. The documentary includes classic footage of the fight—some of Ali’s best pre-match quotes included—with commentary from Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Walt Frazier, Ed O’Neill, and LL Cool J.
Ali passed away at the age of 74 earlier this summer, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport.
The documentary airs on Spike TV on Friday, September 9 at 11:15 pm ET, following live coverage of the rematch between Danny Jacobs and Sergio Mora.