The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested in 1975 for the heavyweight championship of the world in the Philiippines, on Wednesday, October 1. The contest’s name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a “killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila.” (wikipedia) In this image, LeRoy captures Ali working out on the heavy bag in preparation for the fight.
Approx. 12″ x 14″ unframed
Original mixed media on artist’s paper, 1975