Victoria resident and former broadcaster Tim Ryan recalls Fight of the Century

Tim Ryan with boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Ali autographed the photo. Kevin Ryan, Element 242 Digital Advertising

by Cleve Dheensaw

March 7, 2021

James Bay resident Tim Ryan was not only an eyewitness to sports history, 50 years ago on Monday, but also a voice witness as he provided blow-by-blow radio coverage of the Fight of the Century between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden in New York

Former broadcaster Ryan, who retired to Victoria two years ago, has covered 10 Olympic Games and many of the great NHL and tennis players during his legendary career with CBS, NBC and Fox. But the first Ali- Frazier fight — both boxers were then unbeaten — stands out as a highlight.

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