Smokin’ Joe Frazier, former heavyweight boxing champion, passes away at the age of 67

By on Nov 8, 2011 in Boxing, Sports, United States Comments

Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011; with tons of fans as well as celebrities posted their reaction on Twitter and Facebook.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier (1944-2011)
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According to US news sites that day, Joe Frazier, who was known to be a great match for Muhammad Ali in the 70s, died on Monday night. He was diagnosed with liver cancer.

“We The Family of … Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regret to inform you of his passing,” Frazier‘s family was quoted in a statement, noting that the former boxing champ died in his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Frazier, 67, fought against legendary boxers including George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, whom he fought three times. The Ali-Frazier trilogy started in March 8, 1971, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, which was dubbed as the “Fight of the Century“.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier successfully defended his title as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world via unanimous decision in the 15-round fight, and Muhammad Ali lost for the first time in his professional boxing career.

Their second fight was in 1974 and was won by Ali via a 12-round unanimous decision, but it was noted to be with limited action and less entertaining that the first. No belt was at stake during that fight.

The Ali-Frazier 3 was held in the Philippines in 1975. It was dubbed as the world-famous “Thrilla in Manila“, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum. The fight was stopped before the 15th and final round. Frazier lost but gained a lot of respect, with Ali noting that it was his toughest fight ever.

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