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It had been a punishing match. Then he beat Jerry Quarry in a 7th round stoppage. The competitive, exciting match with Quarry was named Ring Magazine fight of the year. Frazier showed he could do a lot more than just slug.Ali clip (2001)
He'd used his newly honed defensive skills to slip, bob and weave a barrage of Quarry punches despite Quarry's reputation as an excellent counter punching heavyweight. Frazier had himself declined to participate in the WBA tournament to protest their decision to strip Ali.
Ellis held an impressive win over Oscar Bonavena among others. Beforehand, Ali had announced his retirement and relinquished the Heavyweight title, allowing Ellis and Frazier to fight for the undisputed title.
Frazier won by a TKO when Ellis's trainer Angelo Dundee would not let him come out for the 5th round following two 4th round knockdowns the first knockdowns of Ellis's career. Frazier's decisive win over Ellis was a frightening display of power and tenacity. In his first title defense, Frazier traveled to Detroit to fight World Light Heavyweight Champion Bob Fosterwho would go on to set a record for the number of title defenses in the light-heavyweight division.
The second knock down came on a devastating left hook and Foster could not beat the count. Then came what was hyped as the " Fight Of The Century ," his first fight with Muhammad Aliwho had launched a comeback in after a three-year suspension from boxing.
This fight was to crown the one, true heavyweight champion. Fight of the Century — first fight versus Ali[ edit ] Main article: Several factors came together for Frazier in this fight.
He was 27 years old and mentally and physically at his peak; Ali, 29, was coming back from a three-year absence but had kept active. He had had two good wins, including a bruising battle with Oscar Bonavenawhom Ali had defeated by a TKO in 15 rounds.
They noted Ali's tendency to throw a right-hand uppercut from a straight standing position after dropping the hand in preparation to throw it with force.
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Futch instructed Frazier to watch Ali's right hand and, at the moment Ali dropped it, to throw a left hook at the spot where they knew Ali's face would be a second later. Frazier staggered Ali in the 11th round and knocked him down in the 15th in this way.
In a brutal and competitive contest, Frazier lost the first two rounds but was able to withstand Ali's combinations. Frazier was known to improve in middle rounds, and this was the case with Ali. Frazier came on strong after round three, landing hard shots to the body and powerful left hooks to the head.
Ultimately, Frazier won a round unanimous decision 9—6, 11—4, and 9—6. Ali was taken to hospital immediately after the fight to check that his severely swollen right side jaw wasn't actually broken.
Frazier also spent time in hospital during the ensuing month, the exertions of the fight having been exacerbated by hypertension and a kidney infection. Later in the year he fought a 3-round exhibition against hard hitting veteran contender Cleveland Williams. InFrazier successfully defended the title twice, beating Terry Daniels and Ron Standerboth by knockout, in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively.
Loses title to George Foreman[ edit ] Main article: George Foreman Frazier lost his undefeated record of 29—0 and his world championship, at the hands of the unbeaten George Foreman on January 22,in Kingston, Jamaica. Two minutes into the first round, Foreman knocked Frazier down for the first time. After he was knocked down a sixth time in the second round referee Arthur Mercante, Sr. Frazier won his next fight, a round decision over Joe Bugnerin London to begin his quest to regain the title.
Mid s — second fight against Ali[ edit ] Main article: In contrast to their previous meeting, the bout was a non-title fight, with Ali winning a round unanimous decision. The fight was notable for the amount of clinching. Five months later, Frazier again battled Jerry Quarry in Madison Square Garden, and won the fight in the fifth round with a strong left hook to the ribs.
The win again established Frazier as the number one heavyweight challenger for the title, which Ali had won from George Foreman in the famous " Rumble in the Jungle " five months earlier. Thrilla In Manila — third Ali fight[ edit ] Main article: Prior to the fight, Ali took opportunities to mock Frazier by calling him a '"gorilla", and generally trying to irritate him. The fight was a punishing display on both sides under oppressively hot conditions.
During the fight, Ali said to Frazier, "They said you were through, Joe". Frazier said, "They lied". Ali repeatedly held Frazier around the back of his neck with his right hand, a violation of the rules which went unpunished by the referee. After 14 grueling rounds, Futch stopped the fight with Frazier having a closed left eye, an almost-closed right eye, and a cut.
Ali later said that it was the "closest thing to dying that I know of". Foreman again[ edit ] InFrazier 32—3 fought George Foreman for a second time.
With a shaved head for a new image Frazier fought well enough, somewhat more restrained than usual, avoiding walking onto the big shots which he had done in their first match. However, Foreman awaited his moment and then lobbed in a tremendous left hook that lifted Frazier off his feet. After a second knock down it was stopped in the fifth.
Shortly after the fight, Frazier announced his retirement. Frazier made a cameo appearance in the movie Rocky later in and dedicated himself to training local boxers in Philadelphiawhere he grew up, including some of his own children. He also helped train Duane Bobick. It was a bruising battle with mixed reviews.
He then retired for good. After that, Frazier involved himself in various endeavors. Among his sons who turned to boxing as a career, he helped train Marvis Fraziera challenger for Larry Holmes 's world heavyweight title and trained his daughter, Jackie Frazier-Lydewhose most notable fight to date was a close points loss against Laila Alithe daughter of his rival.
Frazier's overall record was 32 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw, with 27 wins by knockout. He won 73 percent of his fights by knockout, compared to 60 percent for Ali and 84 percent for Foreman. InFrazier appeared as the "corner man" for Mr.
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Frazier's son objected; so, Frazier was instead shown beating up Gumble and putting him in a trash can. Frazier appeared as himself in the Academy Award -winning movie, Rocky. Books[ edit ] Frazier released his autobiography in Marchentitled Smokin' Joe: Box Like the Pros is an instruction manual, a historical reference tool and an insider's guide to the world's most controversial sport. In a HBO documentary on the fight in Manila, Frazier was interviewed living in a one-room apartment on the second floor of his gym.
Frazier received annual payments from a trust that bought the land with money he had earned in the ring. However, when the trust went bankrupt, the payments ceased. Frazier sued his business partners, insisting his signature had been forged on documents and he had no knowledge of the sale. In the ensuing years, the acres was subdivided and turned into a residential community. During Ali's enforced three-year lay-off from boxing for refusing to be drafted into the US Army, Frazier lent him money, testified before Congress and petitioned U.
President Richard Nixon to have Ali's right to box reinstated. Bryant Gumbel joined the pro-Ali, anti-Frazier bandwagon by writing a major magazine article that asked "Is Joe Frazier a white champion with black skin? He thought that would weaken me when it came time to face him in that ring.
Well, he was wrong. It didn't weaken me, it awakened me to what a cheap-shot son of a bitch he was. After Frazier won by a unanimous decision, he called upon Ali to fulfill his promise and crawl across the ring, but he didn't. Ali took things further in the build-up to their last fight, The Thrilla in Manilaand called Frazier "the other type of negro" and "ugly", "dumb" and a "gorilla"  At one point he sparred with a man in a gorilla suit and pounded on a rubber gorilla doll, saying "This is Joe Frazier's conscience I keep it everywhere I go.
This is the way he looks when you hit him. When Frazier came to the balcony, he pointed the gun at Frazier and yelled "I am going to shoot you.
When informed of this by Marvis, Frazier responded: Why isn't he apologizing to me? I said a lot of things in the heat of the moment that I shouldn't have said. Called him names I shouldn't have called him. I apologize for that. It was all meant to promote the fight".
Jesse Jacksonwho spoke during the service, asked those in attendance to stand and "show your love" and reportedly Ali stood with the audience and clapped "vigorously". Frazier put the gym up for sale in mid He was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. He and his nemesis, Muhammad Ali, alternated over the years between public apologies and public insults. Frazier stated repeatedly that he no longer had any bitter feelings towards Ali.
He and Ali reportedly attempted a reconciliation in his final years, but in October Frazier still claimed to have won all three bouts between the two.
He declared to a Times reporter, when questioned about his bitterness toward Ali, "I am what I am. It would notably be Frazier's last U. By Novemberhe was under hospice care, where he died on November 7. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration.
Some of the most memorable moments in the boxing-themed feature film, Rocky —such as Rocky's carcass-punching scenes and Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Artas part of his training regimen—are taken from Frazier's real-life exploits.
In the film, Frazier makes a cameo appearance, as a spectator at the fight between Rocky and Apollo. Like a total eclipse. You are not going to see anything like that again. He was the greatest personality that sports has ever seen, or ever will see.
He was the greatest personality ever. Muhammad never really teased me.
He saw me as I was. He really had this thing with Joe Frazier. They accepted there was something between them. Of course, he called me 'Frankenstein', but in reality, that was a compliment because I was definitely the Frankenstein monster. The only things he said about me, he said because they were was true. I remember asking myself — how did he know that? He was telling the truth. Muhammad was the most gifted person I have ever seen.
That goes for politicians, movie stars, or anyone. He had everything — charisma, charm, looks and great athletic ability — and you hated him because the guy was handsome. When I lost to Muhammad in the former Zaire, I was full of hate. Then one day I started preaching that I had lost to Muhammad Ali, and I'd fought the great Joe Frazier, and it was those names that made people stop and pay some attention to me. It was in that moment, for the first time, I really appreciated that I had been in the ring with him.
Was he a great boxer? Muhammad was not a great boxer. I say that because his greatness went beyond boxing, beyond just being a boxer. Ali seen training in October ahead of his fight with George Foreman Credit: He changed the whole world.
Who was the real villain in the Ali-Frazier rivalry?
Give that title to Joe Louis or someone like him who really was a boxer. Sure, he was a great boxer, but there have been a lot of better boxers. His greatness was beyond the sport of boxing. Boxing was such a small part of what he could do. We wanted that more than to be champion of the world.
To beat Muhammad Ali. The truth is - nobody could beat Muhammad Ali. Even when you had the belt. He made great society changes. And all of a sudden they realised that this man had changed what people had looked at as beautiful. He defined beauty, handsome and brains.
That changed the whole world. Not only in America. His greatness was abroad as well.