4. Down Goes Frazier!
"I think he hurt Joe Frazier. I think Joe IS hurt. Angee Dundee, Ali's trainer right next to me is saying it. You may hear him. Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! The heavyweight champion is taking the mandatory eight-count and Foreman is as poised as can be in a neutral corner!"
On Jan. 22, 1973, 29-0 Joe Frazier was the favorite against the upstart George Foreman but it quickly became apparent that Foreman was the dominant boxer. Howard Cosell had the call and there was no better announcer at capturing the sheer excitement of boxing. When Foreman knocked down Frazier just 2 minutes into the first round Cosell erupted with the now-famous line "Down goes Frazier!" Foreman would knock Frazier down twice more in the round and three more times in the second before the fight was stopped.
Though the outcome seemed a foregone conclusion after the first knockdown, it was nevertheless memorable because of Cosell's famous call.