Joe Frazier

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Frazier, Joe

(William Joseph Frazier), 1944–2011, African-American boxer, b. Beaufort, S.C. Known for a brawling style and devastating left hook, "Smokin' Joe" won Olympic gold in 1964 and turned professional the next year. In 1970 he became the undisputed heavyweight champion after knocking out Jimmy Ellis. The following year he defeated Muhammad AliAli, Muhammad
, 1942–2016, American boxer, b. Louisville, Ky. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, he was a 1960 Olympic gold medalist. Shortly after upsetting Sonny Liston in 1964 to become world heavyweight champion, he formalized his association with the Nation of Islam (see
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 in a 15-round decision in a championship bout billed as "The Fight of the Century." It was Ali's first defeat, and marked the beginning of their rivalry. After losing the championship to George ForemanForeman, George,
1948–, American boxer, b. Marshall, Tex. A high school dropout, Foreman learned to box in the Job Corps. In 1968 he was the Olympic heavyweight gold medalist.
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 in 1973, Frazier lost a nontitle 12-round decision to Ali in 1974, and then lost to Ali by a technical knockout in the brutal 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" championship bout. He retired in 1976 following another loss to Foreman.


See his autobiography (with P. Berger, 1996).

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It was that indefatigable spirit, his fighting heart and his thrilling skills that are represented in Frazier's statue, which adds material weight to the idea that fighters like Smokin' Joe will endure for ever.
A new blues fest in town, presenting the sounds of longtime artist Bobby Rush, plus Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Eden Brent, Zac Harmon, Vasti Jackson and Mr.
Advertisements : television, radio and print PSAs including a national print PSA featuring the late Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist Smokin' Joe Frazier and various high-profile out of home advertising initiatives, a wrapped bus in Washington, DC, and various airports and billboards throughout the country;
Norton's death brought back memories of his old sparring partner Smokin' Joe Frazier, a giant of a man who rightly ranks among the pantheon of sporting greats.
No, I was around when the greats fought, the likes of Smokin' Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield and, before them, Joe Louis.
Smokin' Joe Frazier is considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
Grammy-nominated harmonica player Billy Branch and his band The Sons of Blues, singer Zora Young, Texas blues musician Smokin' Joe Kubek featuring Bnois King, and Cedric Burnside, a two-time winner of Blues Drummer of The Year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, are this year's performers in the festival, which is having its second outing this year in ystanbul on Saturday night at the LE-tfi Kyrdar International Convention and Exhibition Center in Harbiye.
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The other day I was reading one of the many beautifully written obituaries about Smokin' Joe Frazier, the heavyweight champion from Philadelphia who died Nov.
Here, THOMAS HAUSER, one of the world's best boxing writers, recalls a fleeting but moving encounter with the man the world knew as Smokin' Joe.
UNRELEASED recordings of late boxing legend Smokin' Joe Frazier singing the blues have been discovered - in a house in Wales.