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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Boxing legend "Smokin" Joe Frazier Dies at 67

Boxing legend "Smokin" Joe Frazier, who fought Muhammad Ali three times in an epic rivalry, died on Monday (November 7) after battling liver cancer. He was 67.

Joe, who is a slugger in the ring, delivered a knocked down on Muhammad Ali in the 15th and final round in their March 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden. Joe Frazier won the undisputed heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ali. He became the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali and it was labeled as "The Fight of the Century"!

The rivalry continues with Ali winning the second fight back in 1974 and their last historic battle, the 1975's "Thrilla in Manila" held in Quezon City, Philippines. Ali mock Frazier by calling him as "The Gorilla". Ali won the third and last battle after Frazier's trainer Eddie Futch wouldn't let Joe go out for the 15th and final round.

The former heavyweight champ is a gold medalist at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and was a former undisputed heavyweight champion from Febraury 1970 until January 1973. He finished his professional career 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts.

"Smokin" Joe Frazier..........R.I.P.

[Photo courtesy by AP photo - Brad Barket/Getty Images North America]
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