Former Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Counted Out
News broke today of the passing of one of the all time great heavyweight boxing champions. Joe Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer at the age of 67.
Joe Frazier held the World Heavyweight Title in the early 1970′s which was really the golden era of heavyweight boxing. He fought all of the greats and not so greats of that time including, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Jerry Quarry and Joe Bugner to name a few.
In 37 pro bouts he won won 27 by a knockout and he was only defeated 4 times. Twice by Muhammad Ali and twice by George Foreman, who both towered over him and had a longer reach.
Frazier also won the Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medal in Tokyo as an amateur in 1964.
But he will mostly be remembered for his rivlary with Muhammad Ali. They fought three times with Frazier winning the first, to retain the world title, but Ali won the next two, including the famous Thriller in Manilla, which will always be remembered by fight fans.
Rest in Peace Smokin’ Joe.
By Max Power