Tremendous boxing history unfolds in this original 1972 letter typed on The Ring Magazine letterhead. Newly appointed Ring editor Nat Loubet sent this typed letter to Archie Moore (d.1998) sometime late in 1972, suggesting that a rematch between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali would take place in 1973. Loubet's typed letter was part of a poll sent to boxing insiders, asking "Who, in your opinion will win this contest?". The letter also asks "What are the reasons for your selection?" and indicates the answers would be published in the March, 1973 edition of the famous boxing publication.
Moore's response is handwritten in blue ballpoint pen, beginning at bottom and continuing on the reverse side. Moore states that he doesn't think the Ali-Frazier rematch will take place in 1973. Instead he puts forth that George Foreman will "K.O. Frazier in 4 rnds in (sic) Jan. 22 Kingston Jamaica" and "Foreman will then fight Ali, and KO Ali in 10 rnds". These quotes appear on the letter's obverse. The reverse side continuation includes the statements "I make this prediction because I feel that George Foreman is the heaviest hitter in Boxing in many years" and "I have spent many hours coordinating the natural punching talents he has" and goes on to discuss Foreman's motivation, power and confidence.
Moore the prophet got several counts right, but was wrong on others. Foreman stopped Frazier at their 1/22/73 meeting, but in just two rounds. Foreman did go on to face Ali, but not until 10/30/74, after the second Ali-Frazier fight on 1/28/74. Of course Ali stopped Foreman in 8 rounds during their only meeting, to win the WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.
This amazing letter remains crisp, clean and bright, with light wear and several original period compacting folds to present as (EX). Dated 12/28/72, Moore's handwriting is distinct, precise and clearly legible. Loubet took over as Ring editor and publisher upon the 6/25/72 death of founder Nat Fleischer and the first issue published under his direction was 10/72, indicating this letter originated around this time.
The icing on the cake is a Joe Frazier (d.2011) black ballpoint pen ("9") strength autograph, which appear just above Moore's response, to the left of Loubet's typed name and titles. Full photo LOA from JSA and sticker.