Joe Frazier Dead at 67
November 10th, 2011
Joe Frazier dead due to liver cancer at the age of 67 on November 7, 2011. The heavyweight legend, Smokin’ Joe Frazier died in his hometown, Philadelphia.Joe Frazier had one of the greatest left hooks in boxing world and he was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali in the ring. The man with birth name Joseph William, won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1964 and won the title of heavyweight world champion in 1970 after Muhammad Ali had been stripped of his titles because of refusing to join the military to fight in Vietnam War.
Joe Frazier – Ali met the first time in the ring on March 8, 1971 at Madison Square Garden, New York. This match was known as “The Fight of the Century”, which Fraizer won and retained the title. They still had two match in the ring in 1974 and 1975 (“Thrilla in Manila”) consecutively, with Muhammad Ali won the matches.
Muhammad Ali commented on Joe Frazier’s death, “The world has lost a great Champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”
Don King, who promoted the “Thrilla in Manila” in 1975: “Not only was he a great fighter but also a great man. He lived as he fought with courage and commitment at a time when African-Americans in all spheres of life were engaged in a struggle for emancipation and respect. Smokin’ Joe brought honor, dignity and pride for his people, the AMERICAN people, and brought the nation together as only sports can do.”
Bernard Hopkins: “There’s no way in the world you should come to Philadelphia and not recognize who Joe Frazier is. It’s the perfect time to build the biggest statue in appreciation for all the heart and love he gave to Philadelphia. It’s just to say how we regret when it’s not there to touch and see. We didn’t realize we had a super special person amongst us that we all in a way took for granted. I said this when he was living, I say this now. That’s the only thing.”
The boxing world has lost a great champion, Joe Frazier.
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