Tuesday, November 8, 2011

RIP Joe "Smokin' Joe" Frazier

Joe Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden. He defended it successfully four times before George Foreman knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title from him in 1973.

In 1971 he was in "The Fight of the Century," at Madison Square Garden where he knocked Ali and won in a unanimous decision. Ali won a less-dramatic rematch in New York in 1974, and the rubber match was "The Thriller in Manila," held in a sweltering arena in Manila in 1975, where Ali outlasted Frazier, who was disqualified in the 14th round after his eyes nearly shut, streaming with blood. Frazier wanted to go out for the 15th round but was held back by trainer Eddie Futch.

Rest in Peace Smokin' Joe!

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