Joe Frazier

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Birthday
12, 1944
Birthplace
Beaufort, SC
Death Date
Nov 7, 2011 (67)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
12, 1944
Birthplace
Beaufort, SC
Death Date
Nov 7, 2011 (67)

About

World heavyweight boxing champion known as Smokin' Joe who competed against many of the all-time greats. He won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and retired with a record of 32-4-1.

Before Fame

Schoolmates would give him a quarter or a sandwich to walk with them and protect them from bullies.

Trivia

His 1971 boxing match with Muhammad Ali, the first of three between the fighters, was dubbed The Fight of the Century by the media. Their fight trilogy culminated in 1975's Thrilla in Manila.

Family Life

His daughter is Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, and he had a son named Marvis.

Associated With

He lost his undefeated, 29-0 record after falling to George Foreman on January 22, 1973. He then fought Foreman again in 1976, and, after losing again, he announced his retirement from boxing.