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Joe Frazier

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  • Nickname: Smokin
  • Date of Birth: 12th January 1944
  • Died: 7th November 2011 (67 years old)
  • Career length: 16 years 3 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: USA Flag USA
  • Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA Flag Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
  • Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 182cm
  • Reach: 185cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Joe Frazier
  • Debut: 16th August 1965


Joe Frazier, affectionately known as "Smokin' Joe," was a legendary American professional boxer who left an indelible mark on the sport. Born on January 12, 1944, in Beaufort, South Carolina, Frazier's journey to becoming one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time was a testament to his unbreakable spirit and relentless determination.

Frazier was introduced to boxing at a young age when he watched matches on his family's black-and-white television. Inspired by Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano, he honed his skills using a makeshift heavy bag filled with rags, corncobs, and moss. Despite a childhood injury that left his left arm permanently bent, Frazier's unwavering passion for the sport drove him to overcome any obstacle.

As an amateur, Frazier's talent shone brightly. He won the Golden Gloves heavyweight championships in 1962, 1963, and 1964, with his only loss coming at the hands of Buster Mathis. Frazier's crowning achievement as an amateur came at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he won the gold medal in the heavyweight division, cementing his status as a rising star in the boxing world.

Turning professional in 1965, Frazier quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. His powerful left hook, relentless pressure, and bobbing and weaving style made him a formidable opponent for any heavyweight. In 1968, Frazier won the New York State Athletic Commission heavyweight title, and in 1970, he became the undisputed heavyweight champion by defeating Jimmy Ellis.

Frazier's career was defined by his epic trilogy with Muhammad Ali. Their first encounter, dubbed the "Fight of the Century," occurred on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden. In a battle of undefeated champions, Frazier emerged victorious with a unanimous decision, handing Ali his first professional loss. The two would meet again in 1974, with Ali winning unanimously, setting the stage for their legendary third and final bout, the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975. In a gruelling and unforgiving battle, Frazier's trainer, Eddie Futch, stopped the fight after the 14th round, with Frazier's eyes nearly swollen shut, giving Ali the victory. This fight is widely regarded as one of the greatest in boxing history.

Throughout his illustrious career, Frazier's heart, determination, and sportsmanship earned him the worldwide respect and admiration of fans. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1967, 1970, and 1971, and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Beyond the ring, Frazier faced his share of challenges, including financial difficulties and a complicated relationship with Ali. However, his legacy as a boxer and a man of character endures. He continued to train fighters in his Philadelphia gym and remained an ambassador for the sport he loved until his passing on November 7, 2011, at the age of 67.

Joe Frazier's impact on boxing is immeasurable. His skill, courage, and indomitable spirit inspired many fighters and fans. He will forever be remembered as one of the greatest heavyweights ever to grace the ring, a true champion whose legacy will endure for generations.