The Passing of Smokin Joe



Allsports was going to talk a bit on the Chicago Bears big win in Philadelphia on Monday night to keep their playoff hopes alive, staying one win behind Detroit in the  NFC North.  But sadly with the passing of Joe Frazier I thought I would do something about him.

Joe Frazier a few short months ago

Joe Frazier

Frazier passed away last Monday at the age of 67 from liver cancer. Back when he fought, that was when boxing was boxing and it meant something to be the Heavy Weight Champion. Back then you had Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis and Canada’s own George Chuvalo to name a few. Some all out wars took place on the canvas.

Frazier vs Ali

Frazier vs Ali

Joseph William Frazier was born on January 12, 1944 in  Beaufort, South Carolina. He won a gold medal for the USA  at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. He turned pro shortly after that. His career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a one-fight comeback in 1981. During that time he had a total of 37 fights and amassed a record of  32 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Twenty- seven of his wins were by knock out. He was the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970

Smokin Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier in his heyday

Frazier was a compassionate man too and came to George Chuvalo’s aid when Chuvalo’s wife committed suicide. Chuvalo and Frazier had become good friends after they had fought each other in 1967 at Madison Square Garden. It was the 17th and most impressive fight of Frazier’s young career, and maybe the most brutal defeat of Chuvalo’s career.

Here are some flashes of Frazier’s career for your enjoyment.


For more on Joe Frazier have a look at a good Blog called “The Cheap Seats” and the Toronto Sun. Frazier had a lot of Guts and Glory over his career.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

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