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Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 4:21 pm
 
Sad day. Goosebumps just writing this. But Joe Frazier is dying, sooner than later, and when he's gone boxing will have lost one of its toughest, its most talented, and its most underappreciated champions of all time.

Yes, I believe every word of that last sentence.

Joe Frazier, who is living his final days under hospice care because of liver cancer, is one of the best heavyweights of all time. He's the victim of timing, fighting during the heyday of the heavyweight division and retiring with a modest-looking (for an all-time great) record of 32-4-1. His only losses, though, came to Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, two losses each. He also beat Ali once, in addition to victories over high-quality heavyweights like Jimmy Ellis (twice), Jerry Quarry (twice), Bob Foster, Joe Bugner, Oscar Bonavena (twice), Buster Mathis and George Chuvalo.

Frazier had the size of a cruiserweight but the heart of a lion. Remember how dominating Mike Tyson was, earlier in his career? That was Frazier. Same size, same relentlessness, same ferocity.

Frazier is 67 years old, and with his next birthday Jan. 12, it doesn't look good that he'll make it to 68. May his final days be as enjoyable as possible.

Update, 4:24 p.m.: Here's a 6-minute highlight video of Frazier. Riveting.




Category: Boxing
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Comments

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

One of the all time greats.  Much respect to Joe Frazier.  When heavyweights were kings of the boxing world.  The following may be the best left hook in the history of the heavyweight division:





Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

Much love and respect to Joe Frazier, his family and friends.  You will be in my thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.
Joe and Muhammad Ali were two of the greats and we were fortunate to have them battling each other in classic
matches that will always live in our minds.  That was when boxing was king and their matches gripped the world
attention. 

Best wishes to Joe Frazier, and also to Muhammad Ali as he also faces his struggle with health.  Two great champions
and great persons also.



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

Frazier had about the best left hook I've ever seen. He turned a very loud and boisterous pay per view crowd at Olympia Stadium in Detroit into dead silence when he floored Ali. Everyone was shocked and just went silent. I'm sorry he has to go thru this and God bless him and his family.





Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

Tip my hat to Joe. I rooted for him when I was a kid. Those Frazier/Ali bouts were grea.t



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

So Sad,  He is my favorite boxer of all time,



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

It's a sad day when any human being gets cancer.  I pray this transition period for Mr. Frazier and his family goes as easy as it can.  And I pray the same for all who have cancer.  



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

*meant to say "beat," not "be."



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

Hey billvp; two things:

1. As someone already stated, the man is on his deathbed. Show some respect.
2. Mike Tyson would NOT be a prime Joe Frazier. Sorry, but I'll take the man who beat Muhammad Ali rather than the man who beat a bunch of nobodies.



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

Smokin' Joe was a great one. I have all three of the Ali-Frazier fights on DVD and still watch them from time to time. I agree that he was a victim of timing. During more ordinary times he would have dominated the division for a long time.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Props for Joe Frazier, all-time great

What an idiotic post billvp...


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