A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 8, 1971

REPORTING on the tense training days of Boxers Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali for this week's cover story required a generous amount of footwork and feinting by Correspondents Robert Anson and Joseph Kane. Both men nearly suffered technical knockouts in the first round.

"Where were you two years ago?" demanded Frazier when Anson first approached him. "You go on now. I ain't going to talk to you." But he did talk eventually, for many hours and in many places. Anson found him "impossible to dislike. He's a warm, genuine human being who deserves better...

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