Boxing legend Joe Frazier visits Wakefield Wildcats

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FORMER heavyweight champion of the world Joe Frazier was the guest of honour at a special event hosted by Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Tuesday evening.

The sportsman’s dinner, in which ‘Smokin’ Joe’ hosted an open question-and-answer session and auction of sporting memorabilia, attracted almost 200 guests.

Frazier, 67, who lost only four of his 37 professional fights, was involved in some of the best fights in boxing history including the brutal ‘Thrilla in Manila’ meeting with his nemesis Muhammed Ali in October, 1975.

Frazier went on to open a boxing gym in Philadelphia but is now enjoying retirement from the sport, which he admits: “I don’t watch anymore.”

The legend of the ring believes that many modern day fighters “are just there for the money.”

He added: “They put their hands up, maybe knock out two or three guys and then go for the championship and get beaten up.”

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