Joe Frazier is one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time, and he made one of his biggest statements on March 8, 1971.

A sold out Madison Square Garden saw Frazier box Muhammad Ali in the battle of undefeated fighters. It was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and lived up to the hype. Frazier won via unanimous decision and had a knockdown in the 15th round with his signature left hook.

Almost 50 years later during Black History Month, members of Frazier’s family recalled the historical heavyweight bout, and the legacy of Smokin’ Joe.