Joe Frazier vs Ron Stander – Highlights (Frazier BATTERS Stander)


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May 25th, 1972. “Smokin” Joe Frazier takes on “The Butcher” Ron Stander in the 4th defenses of his WBA & WBC World Heavyweight Titles which he won back in February 1970, via RTD4 over Jimmy Ellis.

This fight was held in Omaha, Nebraska and it was the 1st World Heavyweight Championship bout to take place in that state in 105 years. It is also the hometown of one of boxing’s Best P4P Fighters today, Terence Crawford.

Prefight records; Frazier 28(24)-0, Stander 23(15)-1-1.

At this time, Ron Stander was ranked No. 10 by the WBA against the undefeated 10-1 betting favorite Frazier.

Going into the fight, Frazier had notable victories over Terry Daniels, Bob Foster, Buster Mathis Sr, Manuel Ramos, George Chuvalo, Eddie Machen, Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis & Oscar Bonavena (2x).

However, his most significant win was in the “Fight of the Century” where he scored a UD15 over the legendary, then undefeated Muhammad Ali one year before this bout.

On the other hand, the heavy underdog Stander had wins over the likes of Manuel Ramos, Thad Spencer & Earnie Shavers.

Both fighters started fast from the opening bell, and Stander got the early upper hand and shook Frazier a few times. However, Frazier started to gain momentum later in the round and for the next 9 minutes he battered Stander to a bloody mess; pounding the challenger with effective pressure, and Stander while swinging back at Smokin’ Joe was unable to connect the way he did earlier.

Stander was badly wobbled a few times and towards the end of the 4th round, he was winging wildly despite being unable to handle Frazier’s relentless pressure.

The ringside physician halted the fight before the 5th stanza as Stander’s vision was severely impeded by injuries inflicted by one of boxing’s greatest left hookers.

It was the 1st stoppage loss of his career.

Stander known to be a heavy bleeder, required 32 stitches after the fight.

This was Frazier’s last successful world title defenses as his reign as World Heavyweight Champion ended in his next bout; dethroned by a prime, undefeated 23 year old George Foreman, who decked him 6 times in less than 6 minutes en route to a shocking stoppage.

Enjoy this simple highlight of one of the bloodiest beat downs in he history of Heavyweight Boxing, and remember to subscribe for more boxing awesomeness! Keep punching guys.