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Former heavyweight champion "Smokin'" Joe Frazier passed away Monday night, losing his bout with the liver cancer that had put him under hospice care.
The 67-year-old Frazier was diagnosed last month with the disease. His manager said the boxer had been in out and out of the hospital since early October and has been receiving hospice treatment the last week.
Frazier finished his boxing career with 32 wins (27 by knockout), four losses, and one draw. Frazier won the heavyweight belt in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden, but his most infamous bouts came against the great Muhammad Ali, including his victory in the "The Fight of the Century" and his loss in "The Thrilla in Minila."
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You know those kinds of cancer people can eventually get better from, given the right treatment, and live in relative comfort for many years? Liver cancer is not one of those types. That Joe Frazier, the great boxing heavyweight, succumbed to one of the most unforgiving illnesses issadly, morbidly fitting, because Smokin' Joe's life was a series of no-win situations from...
Frazier’s family issued this statement.
“We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as “One of God’s Men,” on the eve of November 7, 2011at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
I was deeply saddened to hear that Joe Frazier passed away earlier today, like I’m sure most of the boxing world was. He was a living legend and right up to his passing was so dedicated to the sport that bought him fame and fortune.
Whilst most people will remember Joe for his trilogy of fights with Ali, I remember him with deep affection for a totally different reason.....
Smokin Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion whose epic rivalry with Muhammad Ali included a trilogy of fights, died Monday night after battling liver cancer…Smokin’ Joe was the only one that talked back to Ali and kept on fighting on, even after taking numerous blows from Ali…To check out all the athletes tweeting their condolences continue reading...
He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali's shadow.
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, has died after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67.
PHILADELPHIA -- The bitter rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went beyond their epic clashes, spilling...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali's shadow.
Detroit ring legend Emanuel Steward was at Cobo Arena when Smokin' Joe Frazier destroyed light-heavyweight king Bob Foster in their bout there 41 years ago.
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Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who hold all the major heavyweight belts, paid respect to Joe Frazier on Tuesday as one of the great heavyweight champions.
''My brother and I are very sad about the death of Joe Frazier,'' said Vitali Klitschko, the elder of the two brothers and the WBC champion. ''He was one of the really great heavyweights. He was a great...
Jim Ross tweeted during Raw that he would be at the show next Monday to take the Michael Cole Challenge:
I’ll be in Boston next week for the 3 hour Raw & I will take the Michael Cole Challenge whatever it that is. Is it a setup? Does it matter?
On a side note, R.I.P Smokin’ Joe Frazier.