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article imageHeavyweight boxing legend Joe Frazier dies of liver cancer

By Leo Reyes     Nov 8, 2011 in Sports
Heavyweight boxing legend Joe Frazier has died Monday night after a brief battle with liver cancer. Frazier was 67-years-old at the time of his death.
The family of the former heavyweight champion issued to Action News the following statement on the death of the legendary boxer from Philadelphia.
"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. "
Frasier is best remembered for his fight with heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali in their “Thrilla in Manila” way back in 1975.
The fight was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines and was promoted by Don King in collaboration with the late President Ferdinand Marcos, who sponsored the fight to divert public attention from his fading martial law regime.
While Frasier was known for his colorful amateur boxing career that gained for him a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics before turning professional in 1965, he had an even more exciting career as a professional.
In his professional career, Frasier fought topnotch boxers that include Oscar Bonavena, George Chuvalo, Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, among others.
In 1971, Frasier gave Ali his first loss in his professional career in a grueling match at the Madison Square Garden, scoring a unanimous decision over the equally unbeaten Ali.
In their rematch in 1974, Frasier lost to Ali via a unanimous decision and on their third fight dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila”, Ali won via TKO.
Ali and Frazier are synonymous to heavyweight boxing. One would not have been famous without the other."You can't mention Ali without mentioning Joe Frazier," said former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr."He beat Ali, don't forget that."
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