Joe Frazier vs Rocky Marciano: Tyson Fury’s Father Gives His Verdict on the Fantasy Matchup

Published 11/16/2020, 3:51 AM EST


Boxing fans have often put forward fantasy matchups to sensationalize two different elites who have never encountered each other inside the ring. That said, current WBC champion Tyson Fury‘s father has recently projected an outcome of a fight between Rocky Marciano and Joe Frazier.

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Frazier and Marciano are two of the greatest heavyweights to hail from different eras. To this day, they are recognized as lethal punchers and great ambassadors of the sport. But, how would have they fought against each other?

NEW YORK — MARCH 8: Muhammad Ali takes a hit from Joe Frazier during their heavyweight match in Madison Square Garden, March 8, 1971. Frazier won the 15-round battle by a unanimous decision, the match became known as The Fight of the Century. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Bettmann/Corbis via Getty Images)

While Marciano had dominated the boxing world from the late 1940s to the 1950s, Frazier replicated a similar aura from 1965 to 1981. Meanwhile, their resumes are highly different. Marciano never tasted defeat and had an unparalleled pro record of 49-0.

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Joe ‘Smokin’ Frazier has a resume of 32 wins, four losses, and a draw. Thus, he might not have a commanding record like Marciano, but John Fury still favors him over ‘The Brockton Blockbuster’. Despite applauding Frazier’s movements and skills, John Fury believes that he would have taken out Rocky Marciano easily.

John Fury has eyed the Rocky Marciano vs Joe Frazier fantasy fight

Fury, 56, connected with Boxing social to put forth his opinion regarding the matchup. Surprisingly, he didn’t think twice before picking Frazier over Marciano. While he hailed Marciano as a “hard man”, he still didn’t see him beating the ‘Smokin’ Joe.

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John Fury said, “Joe Frazier. You know Rocky (Marciano) was a hard man, but two different generations apart. So yeah. So it was a bubber and a weaver.”

He added, “You know I just think he had more in his (Frazier) locker than Rocky. Rocky would have been too easy. You know Joe Frazier can move a lot. He was up and down. He was bubbing and weaving over the place, big puncher. You know what, a come-forward fighter. I think it’s just a bit too much technique for Rocky.”

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Speaking about the heavyweight greats, John Fury’s son Tyson Fury is also on the list now. ‘The Gypsy King’ has touched all the belts of professional heavyweight boxing. It will be interesting to know who would John Fury prioritize between his son and the other two.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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