The WBC & WBA World Heavyweight Championship – Oct. 1 1975, Quezon City,Manila, Philippines
The Champion – Muhammad Ali (Age 33, Fights 50, Won 48, Lost 2, Drawn 0)
The Challenger – Joe Frazier (Age 31, Fights 34, Won 32, Lost 2, Drawn 0)
The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final contest between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Ali won by technical knockout after Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round. The contest’s name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a “killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila.” The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport’s history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters.