RIP Smokin’ Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion whose fights with Muhammad Ali may be some of the greatest in boxing history, died this evening at the age of 67.

RIP Smokin’ Joe! One of the all time greats!

From USA Today:

Frazier was diagnosed with cancer in late September, said his personal and business manager, Leslie Wolff. He had made several personal appearances since then.

Though there was lingering animosity between Frazier and Ali for more than 40 years, their names became synonymous with each other. Ali and Frazier. Frazier and Ali. It was almost as if you couldn’t say one without the other, said boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar, who covered their amazing trilogy of fights in the 1970s.

Frazier, who was known as “Smokin’ Joe,” was the first fighter to defeat Ali, putting the loquacious “Louisville Lip” on the canvas with his signature vicious left hook during their first fight, the so-called “Fight of the Century” in Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971, one of the most epic ring battles of all time. Frazier went on to win by unanimous decision.

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4 Comments on “RIP Smokin’ Joe Frazier”

  1. zelda Says:

    I remember that fight…………….rest in peace Joe, you were a great fighter and will always be part of out culture and history and be remembered for your talent and respect for your sport.They don’t make em like you any more.

  2. Honeydog Says:

    When I think of these two (there ya go— can’t think of one without the other) I think of an Era when the Sport of Boxing, in general, was really something special, at its best, and most memorable, and that the days of those kind of magical Heavyweight Fights with the whole Family sitting on the edge of their Living Room Sofas in front of the TV (and, of course, the unforgetable presence of Howard Cosell) are long gone and won’t ever be Topped. But giving Credit where Credit is due at this point, without “Smokin Joe” we may never have known them at all. RIP.

  3. dieta Says:

    While Ali’s characteristic taunts of his opponent began typically enough, after regaining his title, his taunts eventually turned personal. Joe was painted by Ali as the white man’s hope and as an ” Uncle Tom ,” interjecting a racial element into an already contentious and controversial series of great bouts.


  4. While Ali’s characteristic taunts of his opponent began typically enough, after regaining his title, his taunts eventually turned personal. Joe was painted by Ali as the white man’s hope and as an ” Uncle Tom ,” interjecting a racial element into an already contentious and controversial series of great bouts.


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