Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, “Smokin’ Joe Frazier is dead. He passed on in Philadelphia late on Monday after a bout with liver cancer. He was aged 67. Frazier had a distinctive style of fighting in which he stalked his opponents around the ring with a crouching, relentless attack , his head low and bobbing, his broad, powerful shoulders hunched as he attacked with a great amount of energy. His devastating left hook became his trademark. It ended most of his fights before regulation time.
Frazier had a great career that saw him winning different versions of the heavyweight boxing championships between 1968 and 1973. He won 32 career fights, 27 of which were won by knockouts, he recorded four losses, losing twice to Muhammad Ali and twice to George Foreman. He also recorded one draw.
He had a long spanning rivalry with Ali whom he detested. They had three fights and Frazier won the undisputed heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971, in a classic bout that was christened “Fight of the Century”.
Ali however scored a 12-round decision over Frazier at the Garden in a nontitle bout in January 1974. In the Thrilla in Manila championship bout, in October 1975, which has been regarded as one of the greatest fights in boxing history, Ali battered Frazier so much that one of his eyes was swollen shut; Frazier did not come out to face Ali for the 15th round.