Joe Frazier Has Died [VIDEO]
Legendary boxer ‘Smokin”’ Joe Frazier died last night after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 67 years old.
Frazier is best known for his three brutal fights with Muhammad Ali. In their first meeting in 1971, Frazier retained the world title with a 15-round decision. That match was dubbed “The Fight of the Century”.
Frazier would later lose the title to George Foreman, then lose two rematches with Ali. Ali stopped Frazier in the 12th round in 1974, then beat him in 14 rounds in the infamous “Thrilla in Manilla” in 1975.
That one was a title fight, too, because by that time, Ali had beaten Foreman for the belt. It was stopped after 14 rounds because Frazier’s eyes were so swelled up he couldn’t see. His trainer had to hold him back because he still wanted to fight.
Over their three fights. Ali and Frazier traded blows for an amazing 41 rounds.
Frazier fought only two more times…being knocked out in a rematch with Foreman in 1976, then earning a draw against Floyd Cummings in a comeback fight in 1981.
When it was announced just days ago that Frazier had entered hospice, Ali issued a statement saying, quote, “My family and I are keeping Joe and his family in our daily prayers. Joe has a lot of friends pulling for him, and I’m one of them.”
Here’s Smokin’ Joe in a more recent video: