Johnny Carson tries to punch Smokin’ Joe Frazier in the face
Regarded as one of greatest heavyweight boxing champs of all time, Smokin’ Joe Frazier thrilled boxing fans throughout his storied thirty seven fight career, none more note worthy than his fierce trilogy with arch rival Muhammad Ali.
In this clip from 1971 legendary talk show host Johnny Carson invited the former heavyweight champ onto his show ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’ for an interview, which turned into a little impromptu sparring session which had Frazier send out his own invite.
“I wanna let you try and hit me in the face. I’m serious.”
To his credit though Johnny Carson actually racked up an amateur boxing record of 10-0, which he fought at 160lbs during his time in the US Navy in the early to mid forties.
Obviously there is a world of difference in terms of experience between the two gentleman, but Carson does show off a textbook stance and a good jab against the former champ.
After Carson fails to get any punches through on Frazier, he requests to switch things up so he can feel the power of Frazier first hand.
Watch the whole clip unfold below.
Joseph William “Joe” Frazier (born January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), nicknamed “Smokin’ Joe”, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973, and as an amateur won a gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics. Frazier was known for his sheer strength, durability, formidable punching power, and all-out relentless attack. Frazier emerged as the top contender in the late 1960s, defeating opponents that included Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, George Chuvalo and Jimmy Ellis en route to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970, and followed up by defeating Muhammad Ali by unanimous decision in the highly anticipated “Fight of the Century” in 1971. [Source: Wiki]