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‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier Dies at Age 67

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The man known to boxing fans as Smokin’ Joe Frazier has died at the age of 67.  Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer last night. 

Born Joseph William ‘Jow’ Frazier, he was an Olympic gold medal winner in 1964 and Undisputed World Heavyweight boxing champ.  His professional career ran from 1965 to 1976 and was highlighted in 1971 when he beat Muhammad Ali in a championship match.  Frazier lost the title two years later when he was knocked out by George Foreman.  He retired in 1976.

‘Smokin’ Joe’ went toe to toe with Ali three times, winning the first match, known as ‘The Fight of the Century,’ at Madison Square Garden in 1971.  Frazier and Ali met for a final time in what was called the ‘Thrilla in Manila,’ losing in the 14th round by TKO in 1975. 

Frazier is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota New York.  He was inducted in 1990.  He’s also in the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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