'Fight of the Century': Historic Daily News photos of the Frazier-Ali 1971 boxing match at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight champ Joe Frazier on the scale as Commissioner Edwin Dooley, left, and Garden's John Condon look on after weighing-in ceremony at Felt Forum.

Heavyweight champ Joe Frazier on the scale as Commissioner Edwin Dooley, left, and Garden’s John Condon look on after weighing-in ceremony at Felt Forum. (Paul DeMaria/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier, weigh-in scaling 205 1/2 pounds, was at his heaviest ever, like opponent Ali. He said:

Joe Frazier, weigh-in scaling 205 1/2 pounds, was at his heaviest ever, like opponent Ali. He said: “I still feel like I can do it in 10 rounds. I don’t think Clay can be that fast. He can’t keep up with the pressure I’m going to put on.” (Mel Finkelstein/New York Daily News)

The Garden had a sellout crown attend the Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali fight. Fans showed up to the match dressed to impress.

The Garden had a sellout crown attend the Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali fight. Fans showed up to the match dressed to impress. (Keith Torrie/New York Daily News)

A full house of fans as Joe Frazier takes on Muhammad Ali during the heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden.

A full house of fans as Joe Frazier takes on Muhammad Ali during the heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Bandleader Count Basie was part of swinging showbiz crowd arriving at Garden for the match.

Bandleader Count Basie was part of swinging showbiz crowd arriving at Garden for the match. (Vincent Riehl/New York Daily News)

Boxing fans Betty Brown and Sterling Godfrey attend fight party at the Americana Hotel.

Boxing fans Betty Brown and Sterling Godfrey attend fight party at the Americana Hotel. (Ken Korotkin/New York Daily News)

Ali looks determined as Frazier ducks punches during fight.

Ali looks determined as Frazier ducks punches during fight. (Dan Farrell/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier gets off in his customary smoking style and fires sweeping left hook as Muhammad Ali gets up right to fend off blow.

Joe Frazier gets off in his customary smoking style and fires sweeping left hook as Muhammad Ali gets up right to fend off blow. (Dan Farrell/New York Daily News)

Frank Sinatra works the other side of the camera during Ali-Frazier fight at Madison Square Garden. Sinatra, who used to be known as the Hackensack Hurricane in his pugilistic days, was shooting the action for Life Magazine.

Frank Sinatra works the other side of the camera during Ali-Frazier fight at Madison Square Garden. Sinatra, who used to be known as the Hackensack Hurricane in his pugilistic days, was shooting the action for Life Magazine. (Dan Farrell/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier puts pressure on Muhammad Ali but gets stung by a fast left jab in first round.

Joe Frazier puts pressure on Muhammad Ali but gets stung by a fast left jab in first round. (Dan Farrell/New York Daily News)

Muhammad Ali misses left hook in first round and Joe Frazier steps under to counter with his left to body.

Muhammad Ali misses left hook in first round and Joe Frazier steps under to counter with his left to body. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali trade punches in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden.

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali trade punches in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier knocks out Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden.

Joe Frazier knocks out Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden. (Frank Hurley/New York Daily News)

Muhammad Ali looks stunned as he realizes he is hitting the canvass after hit by Smokin' Joe Frazier's fist in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden.

Muhammad Ali looks stunned as he realizes he is hitting the canvass after hit by Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s fist in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier knocks down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden.

Joe Frazier knocks down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Muhammad Ali grimaces on canvas after taking left hook from Joe Frazier in 15th round of the fight at Madison Square Garden.

Muhammad Ali grimaces on canvas after taking left hook from Joe Frazier in 15th round of the fight at Madison Square Garden. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier towers over down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden.

Joe Frazier towers over down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden. (Daily News/New York Daily News)

Muhammad Ali struggles to get back on his feet in punishing 15th round knockdown by Joe Frazier.

Muhammad Ali struggles to get back on his feet in punishing 15th round knockdown by Joe Frazier. (Frank Hurley/New York Daily News)

Muhammad Ali struggles to get back on his feet in punishing 15th round knockdown by Joe Frazier.

Muhammad Ali struggles to get back on his feet in punishing 15th round knockdown by Joe Frazier. (Fred Morgan/New York Daily News)

Joe Frazier with his eyes and lips puffed, talks with press at ringside after victory over Muhammad Ali.

Joe Frazier with his eyes and lips puffed, talks with press at ringside after victory over Muhammad Ali. (Dan Farrell/New York Daily News)

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