After Joe Frazier’s recent death, I mentioned Frazier’s flashy trunks in the first Ali fight and his orange gloves with green thumbs in his first bout with George Foreman.
That prompted a wonderful response from boxing researcher/historian Sunni Khalid, who provided a primer on Frazier’s stylings in the squared circle, along with some notes on related issues. I’ve decided to run it today as a guest-written entry. Enjoy.
Funk in the Trunks
By Sunni Khalid
For the first Ali fight, Joe was originally going to wear solid green trunks with black stripes. But his contract was owned by the Cloverlay syndicate, and they asked Everlast to come up with a design for the trunks, which ended up being the distinctive green-and-gold brocade.
For the 1973 fight against Foreman, Joe chose the gold gloves with green thumbs because the fight took place in Jamaica and he wanted his gloves to match the national colors. It was the first heavyweight title fight to feature multi-colored gloves...