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Smokin’ Joe Frazier passed last night. While Ali may well be the “Greatest” heavyweight fighter ever to grace the ring…
He wouldn’t be considered the greatest without Joe Frazier – who beat him, and then fought him to within a hairs breadth of a second defeat. Greatness requires great opponents – something missing in the ranks of the heavyweights since the days of Ali, Frazier, and Foreman.
If cancer could be dropped with a devastating left hook, Joe Frazier would still be with us. The former heavyweight champion has died at the age of 67, just weeks after he was diagnosed with liver cancer, AP reports. Frazier, who won gold for the US at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, had an epic rivalry with Muhammad Ali, and took him on in three momentous fights in the ’70s. In the so-called Fight of the Century in 1971 he became the first man to beat Ali, but he lost the next two showdowns, including 1975’s classic “Thrilla in Manila,” which Ali described as “the closest I’ve come to death.”
Frazier, who held the world heavyweight title for more than two years, was the son of a South Carolina sharecropper. In his later years, he ran a boxing gym in his adopted hometown of Philadelphia. “I don’t mind working with the kids,” he told CNN in 2009. “The kids is tomorrow.” Asked if he was similar to Rocky Balboa, he said: “Sure. I worked at the slaughterhouse. I’m the guy that ran in the streets of Philadelphia.”
Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the other half of what are probably the greatest heavyweight fights in history against Mohammed Ali is in a Hospice less than a month after being diagnosed with Liver Cancer.
‘Smokin’’ Joe Frazier, the 67-year-old former world heavyweight champion, diagnosed just over a month ago with liver cancer and in hospice care in Philadelphia, “needs a miracle” according to his agent.
Doctors have not yet told him how long he has to live.
“We have medical experts looking into all the options that are out there,” explained Leslie Wolff, Frazier’s manager, on Sunday.
“There are very few. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop looking. We appreciate every prayer we can get. We’ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope for a miracle. Joe’s a fighter, and doesn’t give up.”
‘Smokin’ Joe, all 5ft 11ins of him, whose upper body was built for wrecking other men’s careers in combat mano a mano, and whose legs once threw his powerful torso fearlessly forward, is close to his final curtain call.
The great American former heavyweight prize fighter is widely recognized for his trilogy of ring wars with Muhammad Ali, who once called Frazier – amongst other things – “a real, real fighter; the toughest man in the world”.
52? What’s in a number…Indeed.
Yet another wrongly convicted man in our troubled system of justice. Dewey Bozella pursues a long denied dream.
A 52-year-old cruiserweight who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit won his professional boxing debut Saturday night.
Dewey Bozella defeated Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision in the four-round match at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The pugilist served time in New York’s Sing Sing prison after being found guilty of murder in 1983; his conviction was overturned two years ago.
According to a biography on his website, Bozella was offered several opportunities for an early release if he would admit guilt and show remorse.
“Anger at his imprisonment gave way to determination and instead of becoming embittered, he became a model prisoner” and earned several degrees, the site says.
President Barack Obama called Bozella this week, offering him encouragement in his fight.
During his incarceration, Bozella was crowned the Sing Sing heavyweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
It looks like WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao has scored another knockout. Known to American viewers for his prowess in the ring, it turns out Pacquiao is an astute politician as well.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao. Congressman in the Republic of the Philippines.
The current WBO welterweight boxing champion and seven-time title holder scored the most personally satisfying win of his life in his birthplace in the country’s national elections early Tuesday morning, soundly defeating a heavily favored candidate, Roy Chiongbian, from an entrenched billionaire clan to win a seat in the Philippines Congress representing the province of Sarangani on the island of Mindanao.
By doing so, Pacquiao, 31, becomes the first professional boxer to hold national public office while still active in the ring. After his victory in the Philippines’ first fully electronic national elections was deemed largely official by early Tuesday morning, Pacquiao felt confident enough to declare victory over Chiongbian, 61.
Earlier, as election results came into his campaign office, the country’s most famous athlete had no doubt.
For, even though the final vote tallies weren’t complete, Pacquiao’s approximately 90,000 votes out of 125,000 registered voters made it mathematically impossible for the boxing hero to lose.
“This is the biggest achievement of Manny’s life. More than any boxing match,” said Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, adding that Pacquiao will make an official proclamation of victory at 11 a.m local time Tuesday.
Hope the Congress in the Philippines is a bit more peaceful than those we’ve seen from other parts of the world! I voting for whichever party Manny is from to win those across the isles food fights! Unlike other politicians, Manny has a solid left…And a wicked right! 🙂
Congrats, Congressman Pacquiao!