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Boxer Joe Frazier Dies: Fan Reaction
Boxing legend Joe Frazier died on Nov. 7 from liver cancer at the age of 67. The heavyweight champion known as Smokin' Joe was only recently diagnosed with the disease, and the information became public a few days before his death. I will always remember him for his contributions to the sport and exceptional skills.
Joe Frazier participated in a total of 37 fights during his career and won 32 of them. His last fight was in 1981, but he is still fondly remembered by fans and will always be linked to Muhammad Ali. The two boxing champs had a long relationship punctuated by animosity. Joe Frazier will always have the title of being the first to defeat Ali.
These are the three fights I feel represented his true power in the ring:
1. "The Fight of the Century"
"The Fight of the Century" occurred in March 1971 and pitted Joe Frazier against Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden. Frazier defeated Ali in a fight that gave fans an enormous amount of action for the entire 15 rounds. Ali could not overcome Frazier's left hook and almost caved in round 11. However, he managed to keep fighting for four more rounds before Frazier was declared the winner.
2. "The Thrilla in Manila"
"The Thrilla in Manila" was the third fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. Although Frazier lost to Ali in Oct. 1975, he provided fans an incredible fight for 14 rounds. Amid verbal attacks from Ali and the extreme heat of Manila, Frazier seemed to be taking control in the middle of the rounds. However, Ali came back with more power. By the end of the night, Frazier's eyes were essentially swollen shut, yet he still wanted to continue. Finally, his trainer ended the fight.
3. The First Fight
Joe Frazier's first fight was in Aug. 1965 against Woody Goss. The fight was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it gave him his first win. The fight ended after the first round with a TKO from Frazier. His professional debut was an immediate success and led to a long career.
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