Joe Bugner.
Joe Bugner.

Joe to have special 60th birthday

AUSSIE Joe Bugner was never the quiet type, never short for words.

He was the only man to go the distance with both Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhummad Ali and he lets you know it.

However, on March 13 it’s not what the boxing legend has to say but what legends have to say about Bugner’s boxing that will be the talk of the town.

Fight promoter Jamie Myer is throwing a special 60th birthday bash for the heavyweight icon at Jupiters Casino and the guest list includes former opponent and Hall of Fame heavyweight world champion Frazier and Bugner’s good mate John Singleton.

Bugner’s status in world boxing grows with time.

Being the only man to go the distance with both Frazier and Muhummad Ali will ensure the big man is remembered as one of the great heavyweights of any era.

The list of the more notable fighters he bettered includes Manuel Ramos, Ray Patterson, Chuck Wepner, Henry Cooper, Jurgen Blin, Ruby Lubbers, Mac Foster, Jimmy Ellis, Richard Dunn, Dino Dennis, Anders Eklund, James Tillis, Greg Page, David Bey, Vinnie Cervi, Col Wilson, Bob Mirovic and James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith.

He was also the oldest world heavyweight champion when he defeated Smith at Carrara in 1998, aged 48.

His last fistic engagement was in 1999 and he finished with a rock-solid 69-13-1, 41 KOs.

“Bugner is certainly one of, if not the, most under-rated heavyweights in history,” Myer said.

This will be the first time Frazier has visited Queensland and his presence will no doubt add interest and inspiration to the night.

Bugner and Frazier fought one of 1973’s titanic battles in Earls Court, London, with the American winning a close 12-round decision.

Referee and sole judge Harry Gibbs scored it Frazier’s way by two points and even 23-year-old Bugner’s harshest UK critics acknowledged his mammoth effort.

Frazier, six years Bugner’s senior, was the first man to defeat Ali two years earlier and entered the ring against Bugner with a record of 29-1, 25 KOs, including four successful defences of his WBA and WBC unified crowns.

In Bugner’s previous bout, he had lost on points over 12 rounds to Ali in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 1975, he challenged Ali in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the heavyweight championship of the world, again losing on points.

MC for the night is Alan Jones and comedian Danny Mc Master will be performing.



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