RING editor and founder Nat Fleischer recounted Joe Frazier’s brutal fifth-round knockout of Jimmy Ellis in the cover story to the May 1970 issue. The victory earned Frazier the undisputed heavywieght title.
Joe Frazier was on the cover of the March 1970 issue of THE RING (along with upcoming opponent Jimmy Ellis and future arch rival Muhammad Ali). Inside: his war with Jerry Quarry won 1969 Fight of the Year honors.
The October 1969 issue of THE RING previewed the big heavyweight showdown between No. 1 contender Joe Frazier and WBA titleholder Jimmy Ellis by having the fighters pen articles explaining how they planned to win.