Joe Frazier’s Battle in Life

In memory of the Boxing Legend Joe Frazier.

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Joseph William “Joe” Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), also known as Smokin’ Joe, was an Olympic and Undisputed World Heavywieght boxing champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a one-fight comeback in 1981. Joe Frazier was the world heavyweight boxing champion from February 16, 1970, until January 22, 1973, when he was beaten by boxing great George Foreman. Frazier is perhaps best remember for his grueling 14-round match against Muhammad Ali in the Philippines known as the Thrilla in Manilla, which Ali won by TKO, becoming champ.

Joe Frazier has died after a brief fight with liver cancer at the age of 67. The family issued a release confirming the boxer’s death. Frazier, who took on Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s had been under home hospice care in his Philadelphia home after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer that took his life.

Frazier was diagnosed last month with liver cancer, his personal and business manager said. Leslie Wolff, who has been Frazier’s manager for seven years, said the boxer had been in out and out of the hospital since early October and receiving hospice treatment the last week.

Earlier this week, Ali released a statement about Frazier’s illness, saying it was hard to accept the gravity of his situation.

“The news about Joe is hard to believe and even harder to accept,’’ said Ali. “Joe is a fighter and a champion, and I am praying he is fighting now.”

Former boxing star, now promoter, Oscar De La Hoya was among the first to pay tribute on twitter, saying: “I will miss you my friend. R.I.P. Joe Frazier”, while undefeated lightweight star Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for his funeral.

Foreman, another great heavyweight champion who defeated Frazier twice, wrote: “Good night Joe Frazier. I love you dear friend. George Foreman.”

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