FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier has died at the age of 67.
Frazier, who lost his battle with liver cancer while receiving hospice care in Philadelphia yesterday, Monday, held the world title between 1970 and 1973 and became the first man to beat Muhammad Ali in 1971.
‘Smokin’ Joe’ contributed to the golden age of heavyweight boxing and was involved in some of the greatest fights in history, including the brutal ‘Thrilla in Manila’ clash with his nemesis Ali in October, 1975.
Frazier visited Wakefield for a sportsman’s dinner in May and gave an exclusive interview to the Wakefield Express, in which he admitted that boxing had become a sport “I don’t watch anymore.”
He believed that many modern day fighters “are just there for the money” and added: “They put their hands up, maybe knock out two or three guys and then go for a championship and get beaten up.”
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