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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Kelcie will continue to be trained by former fine pro Shaun Cogan at Smoking Joe's Gym, Digbeth.
He called Smoking Joe Frazier a gorilla, which is a disgraceful racist remark.
Just like with Smoking Joe Cantada before him, I would listen intently and we would end our lesson with laughter that would fill the pressroom.
SMOKING JOE THE SCARLETS lost three second rows during the course of the evening, but what a display from the one lock who lasted the full 80 minutes.
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After his sad death I was a dedicated follower of his brother, Smoking Joe, and he gave me great enjoyment.
From the same Low Fell area that gave us Paul Gascoigne and Brendan Foster, Fraser (pictured right) is called Smoking Joe not only after Joe Frazier, the former world heavyweight champion who fought three magnificent battles with Muhammad Ali in the early 1970s, but also because he is so focused on making it in golf.
SMOKING JOE: Swansea's Joe Allen is challenged by Fulham's Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy PICTURE: HUWEVANS AGENCY; BEST OF BRITTON: Leon Britton battles with Zoltan Gera during the FA Cup sponsored fifth-round match at the Liberty Stadium PICTURE: LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/GETTY IMAGES; BONNY SCOTLAND: Jason Scotland tries to get between Fulham's Zoltan Gera and Aaron Hughes PICTURE: HUW EVANS AGENCY; DO OR DYER: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer (left) and Fulham's Clinton Dempsey battle for the ball PICTURE: PA
Smoking Joe finally admitted he couldn't actually swim and when asked why he jumped into the pool, said: "I didn't know if I could swim until I tried, did I?"
Unheard of by a wider public, those who simply harbour the modest ambition of strumming more than fewchords knowall about Smoking Joe.
However, it was at The Hawthorns that 'Smoking Joe' first made a name for himself as part a deadly trio of players which also included Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson.
whose pipe smoking Joe McCarthy tolerated because Mac was a smart manager who knew how to lead men, but also how and when to leave them alone when they buttered his bread.