Joe Frazier dead at 67
Joe Frazier died Monday night from liver cancer. He was 67. RIP
From New York Times:
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion whose furious and intensely personal fights with a taunting Muhammad Ali endure as an epic rivalry in boxing history, died Monday night. He was 67.
His business representative, Leslie Wolff, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Frazier had liver cancer and that he had entered hospice care.
Known as Smokin’ Joe, Frazier stalked his opponents around the ring with a crouching, relentless attack — his head low and bobbing, his broad, powerful shoulders hunched — as he bore down on them with an onslaught of withering jabs and crushing body blows, setting them up for his devastating left hook.
Frazier won the undisputed heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971, in an extravaganza known as the Fight of the Century. Ali scored a 12-round decision over Frazier at the Garden in a non-title bout in January 1974. Then came the Thrilla in Manila championship bout, in October 1975, regarded as one of the greatest fights in boxing history. It ended when a battered Frazier, one eye swollen shut, did not come out to face Ali for the 15th round.
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Smokin' Joe! Only 67 -- too young. We had a dog named "Joe" and we often called him "Smokin' Joe". I only say that because to me... having a dog named after you... is a true honor. And our dog Joe was that awesome. Hahaha. I hope that some day someone names their dog "Pamela" after me. I would be so thrilled. I've never met a poochie named "Pam". I'd even settle for a goldfish named "Pam". :-D