The decade of the '70s is considered by many to be the best ever for the Heavyweight division: Ali returned in 1970 from his forced retirement, and Joe Frazier was the world champion when Ali returned. Former world champions Jimmy Ellis and Floyd Patterson as well as George Foreman, Oscar Bonavena, Jerry Quarry, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Ron Stander, Chuck Wepner, Jose King Roman, Light Heavyweight champ Jimmy Foster, John Tate, Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle, Joe Bugner, Scott LeDoux and many others added intrigue to the division. Don King surged as a leading boxing promoter, and champions Roberto Duran, Carlos Monzon and Muhammad Ali had historic rivalries with Esteban DeJesus, Rodrigo Valdez and "Smokin"Joe Frazier, respectively. Muhammad Ali would win two out of three against Joe Frazier and would defeat George Foreman in classic "wars" en route to regaining the Heavyweight Championship Title and to becoming known to most in the world (including himself) as "the Greatest of all time !!!".