Boxer Joe Frazier, who infamously beat Muhammad Ali in the 1971 “Fight of the Century,” died Monday at 67.
In addition to photographing that legendary fight, 24-year-old John Shearer spent the months before it photographing both contenders for Life magazine. A handful of those photos were published, but most remained completely unseen until recently.
Our news blog has more info on Frazier’s death; and there’s a full gallery of Shearer’s unseen boxing photos over at Life. Here are just a few shots of Frazier in the months leading up to his big fight — and one immediately after.