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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.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier Dead at 67

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.”

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Black History, Giant Negros

 

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Smokin’ Joe Frazier in Hospice With Liver Cancer

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 Scores a KNockdown Aginst Ali

‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier faces toughest fight of all as his family pray for a miracle

‘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”.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Giant Negros

 

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