Sport: Picking Foreman's Foe

From the moment a grim Joe Frazier enters North Philadelphia's Cloverlay Gym in his Smokin' Joe T shirt, he seems to be in constant motion. Inside the ring he dodges imaginary blows; he launches lefts and rights at the air, then spars for four hard rounds. Next Frazier pounds the bags as if hoping to shred them. The workout ends with 20 sit-ups and a beating around the gut with the medicine ball that brings a roar from the mixed crowd of fighters, trainers and well-dressed onlookers who drop in for the free show....

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