Joe Frazier Takes Final Count.

by Daniel Russ on November 8, 2011

Smokin Joe Frazier January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011

 

 

I grew up watching Muhammad Ali fight. I was mesmerized by him and his boxing style and his charisma. That said, you can’t mention Muhammad Ali without mentioning a few other fighters in the same breath: George Foreman, and Joe Frazier. Frazier came out of the tough inner city Philly boxing gyms, notorious for their brutal sparring sessions. Compared by some to Marciano, others compared him to a bull, Frazier bobbed and weaved and slipped left and right, making himself a very hard target to hit. He wormed his way into your defense and stood up with an anvil like left hook. His hook and his inside hook were devastating, and unforgiving, breaking ribs and silencing consciousness. You couldn’t take too many of these hooks before they took their toll on your. Most fighters couldn’t stand up after one Frazier hook.

 

 

Ali taunted him mercilessly and that stuck in Frazier’s craw. The hard feelings between them were  ameliorated in the following years. During those tense times, Ali and Frazier trash talked each other, but beyond that Frazier comported himself like a gentleman. He will always be remembered as one the top heavyweights of all time.

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