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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    - Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, has died after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67.

    The family issued a release confirming the boxer's death on Monday night.

    Frazier, who took on Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s - including the epic "Thrilla in Manilla" - had been under home hospice care after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer that took his life, a family friend said. Until then, Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas in September.

    Smokin' Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including a devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. It was the left hook that dropped Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to seal a win in the so-called "Fight of the Century."

    Though he beat Ali in that fight, Frazier lost the final two and for many years was bitter about the role Ali forced him to play as his foil.

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    rest in peace our brother we're just passers-by on this Earth
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    Mon Nov 07 11:16pm EST
    [h=2]‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier loses his battle against liver cancer[/h]
    Joe Frazier, one of the biggest sports icons of the 1960s and 70s, passed away tonight from liver cancer at the age of 67. He was diagnosed less than six weeks ago and spent his final days in a Philadelphia-area hospice.​
    His family released this statement:​
    "We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin' Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as "One of God's Men," on the eve of November 7, 2011at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.​
    Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father's home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding."​
    In the weeks before his death, Frazier was said to have lost 50 pounds. Friends like Rev. Jesse Jackson and fellow heavyweight king Larry Holmes requested visits, but Frazier decided against it.​
    "Joe doesn't want to see anybody, the way he is now," his manager Les Wolff explained earlier this week. "I think you can understand why. He's a proud man."​
    [​IMG]Frazier's legacy is etched in stone as part of the greatest individual rivalry in sports history. The stocky, less-than-graceful Frazier was the perfect foil for the elegant and athletic Muhammad Ali.​
    Their trilogy, contested between 1971-75, tops everything else in boxing's long history. Frazier was the first person to defeat Ali.​
    Outside the ring, Frazier was helpless in the p.r. battle against the loquacious and charismatic Ali. Ali made it personal before their first meeting in 1971 calling the quiet Frazier an "Uncle Tom."​
    Both unbeaten, Frazier met Ali in New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971 and got his revenge on Ali's trash talk by winning "The Fight of the Century" via unanimous decision. He cemented the victory by flooring Ali with a leaping left hook, his trademark punch, in the 15th round.​
    To illustrate the lack of respect Frazier received from some, veteran boxing writer Jerry Izenberg told the story of the fighter greeting some kids on the streets of his adopted hometown of North Philadelphia a week after the biggest victory of his career.​
    [...] Joe told them: "Now y'all stay in school. Don't make me have to find you."​
    Two of them laughed, but the third one said:​
    "My daddy says Muhammad Ali was drugged,"​
    In that instant a cold, cold mask seemed to slide across the champion's face. "'Yeah ... yeah," Joe said, "I drugged him with a left hook." And they saw the look in his eyes and all three of them ran away.​
    Frazier turned to me and said:​
    "You heard that. What I got to do? What the hell I got to do?"​
    There was nothing he could do. Frazier, a reserved gentleman, was never going to win a trash talk battle against Ali. Ali went on to win the 1972 rematch against Frazier, again at MSG.
    The third fight in the Philippines, "The Thrilla in Manila" trumped the first two. The back-and-forth battle, ended after 14 rounds because Frazier's eyes were nearly swollen shut. His trainer, Eddie Futch, argued with his fighter before calling it a night. On a night with the temperature in Manila hovered around 100 degrees, rounds 13 and 14 were grueling. Both fighters were completely exhausted, but still wailed away at each other.​
    Frazier fought just two more times. He lost badly to George Foreman in 1976 and fought to a draw during a short-lived comeback in 1981.​
    Frazier, the son of Rubin and Dolly Frazier. was born in the poor town of Beaufort, S.C. He was the youngest of 12 children. He relocated to Philadelphia as a teenager.​
    While working in a slaughterhouse, Frazier began to take boxing seriously. By the time he was 20, Frazier was one of the elite heavyweight prospects in the world. He stormed to the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1964 in Tokyo. Six years later, he was the king of the heavyweight division, winning the WBA belt with a fifth-round TKO stoppage of Jimmy Ellis.​
    Frazier was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. He finished his brilliant career with professional record of 32-4-1, with 27 wins by knockout.
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    Ulimakafu JF-Expert Member

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    RIP Joee Frazier.
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    Kapumzike kwa amani
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    RIP Joe!
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    Thank you for the memories Joe...and rest in peace

    [h=1]Boxing ex-world champion Joe Frazier dies[/h]Comments (87)

    The legendary fighter will be best remembered for being the first man to beat Muhammad Ali in New York in 1971

    Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier has died after a brief battle with liver cancer, his family said.
    Frazier - also known as Smokin' Joe - had been receiving hospice care in Philadelphia after being diagnosed with cancer several weeks ago.
    The 67-year-old was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali in 1971, but lost his next two bouts with Ali.
    He held the world title between 1970 and 1973.
    Frazier won an Olympic gold medal in 1964 after going to the Games as a replacement for Buster Mathis, who had beaten him in the trials but could not attend the Games due to an injury.
    [h=2]Life & times of Joe Frazier[/h]
    • Born 12 January 1944, Beaufort, South Carolina
    • Total fights 37 - 32 wins (27KOs), 4 losses, 1 draw
    • Won gold for USA at 1964 Tokyo Olympics
    • Won NYSAC version of world title with victory over Buster Mathis in 1968
    • Won WBA and WBC versions of world title with victory over Jimmy Ellis in 1970
    • Last world title fight in 1975 against Muhammad Ali
    • Retired in 1976 and made a comeback in 1981, fighting just once, before retiring for good
    • Dies 7 November 2011 after suffering from liver cancer

    He won the heavyweight title in 1970, after Ali had been stripped of the championship in 1967 for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, by defeating Jimmy Ellis in New York.
    Three years later he lost his crown to George Foreman.
    But the boxer is perhaps most widely-known for three great fights with Ali, including the epic "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975.
    The pair had a fraught relationship dating back to taunts Ali directed at his rival in the build-up to their famous bouts.
    But in recent years, they were reported to be on better terms.
    "The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration," said Ali, 69.
    "My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones."
    [h=2]“Start Quote[/h]
    Truth is, however much Frazier might have protested, Muhammad Ali illuminated Frazier's own greatness while also managing to be the bane of his life”
    End Quote
    Frazier retired in 1976 after again being beaten by Foreman. He then made an unsuccessful comeback in 1981, fighting only once before ending his career for good.
    "Goodnight Joe Frazier. I love you dear friend," said Foreman on Twitter.
    British former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told BBC Radio 5 live: "Without him, other boxing heroes wouldn't be great because they tested their talent against him.
    "He definitely was legendary and he made a great contribution to boxing.
    "I'm so sad for his family. Nobody likes to hear about great heroes passing on. It's a very sad day for boxing."
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    :rip: Joe
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    Mkuu nilikuwa nataka ku-post hii taarifa,thx kwa kuliona hilo.
    R.I.P JOE FRAZIER (1944-2011).
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    Frazier - pia alijulikana kwa jina la Smokin' Joe - alikuwa akitibiwa katika nyumba ya wagonjwa mahututi huko Philadelphia baada ya kugunduliwa anaugua saratani wiki kadha zilizopita.
    Bingwa huyo wa zamani aliyekuwa na umri wa miaka 67 alikuwa mtu wa kwanza kumchapa Muhammad Ali mwaka 1971, lakini katika mapambano mawili yaliyofuatia alitwangwa na Ali.
    Alishikilia taji la ubingwa ndondi za uzito wa juu duniani kati ya mwaka 1970 na 1973.
    Frazier alishinda medali ya dhahabu katika michezo ya Olimpiki mwaka 1964 wakati aliposhiriki michezo hiyo alipochukua nafasi ya mwanamasumbwi Buster Mathis, aliyemchapa katika mchezo wa majaribio lakini hakuweza kushiriki michezo hiyo kutokana na kuumia.
    Alishinda taji la ubingwa wa dunia mwaka 1970, baada ya Ali kupokonywa ubingwa wake mwaka 1967 kwa kukataa kupigana vita vya Vietnam, kwa kumtwanga Jimmy Ellis mjini New York.
    Miaka mitatu baadae alipoteza taji la ubingwa wa dunia alipopigwa na George Foreman.
    Lakini mwanamasumbwi huyo sifa zake zinajulikana zaidi kwa mapambano matatu ya kukata na shoka dhidi ya Ali, likiwemo la mwaka 1975 lililopewa jina la "Thrilla in Manila".
    Mabondia hao wawili walikuwa na uhusiano mbaya kutokana na kauli za kejeli alizokuwa akitumia Ali kabla ya mapambano yao.
    Lakini katika miaka ya karibuni, iliarifiwa walikuwa na uhusiano mzuri.
    "Dunia imempoteza bingwa mashuhuri. Kila mara nitamkumbuka Joe kwa heshima zote kutokana na kuvutiwa naye, alisema Ali, ambaye kwa sasa ana umri wa miaka 69.
    "Salamu zangu za rambirambi nazituma kwa familia yake na wale waliompenda."
    Frazier alistaafu masumbwi mwaka 1976 baada ya kuchapwa kwa mara nyingine na Foreman. Baadae mwaka 1981 alijaribu kurejea ulingoni bila mafanikio, akipigana mara moja tu kabla ya kutundika glovu zake.
    "Usiku mwema Joe Frazier. Nakupenda rafiki mpenzi," alisema Foreman kupitia mtandao wa kijamii wa Twitter.
    Bingwa wa zamani wa uzito wa juu duniani Muingereza Lennox Lewis ameiambia BBC: "Bila yeye, mabingwa wengine wa ngumi wasingekuwa mashuhuri kwa sababu walikuwa wakiiga mbinu zake za kupigana.

    Sourse BBC