Posts tagged Joe Frazier

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Joe Frazier looks up at George Foreman after being knocked down in the second round of their Jan. 1973 fight in Kingston, Jamaica. Frazier was knocked down three times in the first round and another three in the second before the referee stopped the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI)  
SI VAULT: Foreman clobbers Frazier in earning TKO victory (2.5.73)

siphotos:

Joe Frazier looks up at George Foreman after being knocked down in the second round of their Jan. 1973 fight in Kingston, Jamaica. Frazier was knocked down three times in the first round and another three in the second before the referee stopped the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI)  

SI VAULT: Foreman clobbers Frazier in earning TKO victory (2.5.73)

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RIP Joe Frazier

One more Smokin’ Joe post, because this guy’s artwork is dope.

stanleychowillustration:

RIP Joe Frazier

One more Smokin’ Joe post, because this guy’s artwork is dope.

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In case you missed it, here’s our editor Gautham Nagesh and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard discussing the passing of the great Smokin’ Joe Frazier on NPR’s “Tell Me More” with host Michel Martin on Tuesday morning. Our obituary for Frazier.

RIP Joe Frazier 1944-2011

by Gautham Nagesh

Former heavyweight champ Smokin’ Joe Frazier passed away Monday night at the age of 67 following a bout with liver cancer. The boxing world has lost an icon and half of its greatest rivalry. 

I was fortunate enough to meet Frazier during Fight Night at the Washington Hilton almost exactly one year ago. As I mentioned on the radio, it was the one moment of my journalism career when I was completely star-struck. Enough that I set aside professionalism and posed for the photo above, which has since become one of my personal treasures. 

Frazier and his tough, blue-collar approach to boxing was the perfect foil to mercurial Muhammad Ali. While Ali was all speed and grace, Frazier was pure power and determination. Few remember that he won the most-anticipated fight of his era, or that Ali called their final bout in Manilla the closest he’s been to death. Frazier’s name will endure as a symbol of when the sport reached its zenith; it is unlikely another heavyweight will ever deliver the left hook with such power and ferocity.

I stopped by NPR headquarters this morning to discuss Frazier’s passing on “Tell Me More” with host Michel Martin and Sugar Ray Leonard; the audio should be posted here around 3pm.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the better remembrances available on the Web after the jump:

Attention collectors: Own a piece of boxing history, provided you’ve got at least $50,000 on hand. SCP Auctions is currently auctioning the iconic red velvet trunks Muhammad Ali wore for his first fight against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971 in Madison Square Garden. The bout is still considered among the most-anticipated heavyweight clashes of all-time.
The trunks originally belong to the estate of Ali’s longtime assistant Drew Bundini and feature in some of the most famous images in boxing history. They are signed by Ali in three places. The opening price was $10,000 but bidding has already crossed $50K. The auction ends Nov. 19. (h/t: ESPN)

Attention collectors: Own a piece of boxing history, provided you’ve got at least $50,000 on hand. SCP Auctions is currently auctioning the iconic red velvet trunks Muhammad Ali wore for his first fight against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971 in Madison Square Garden. The bout is still considered among the most-anticipated heavyweight clashes of all-time.

The trunks originally belong to the estate of Ali’s longtime assistant Drew Bundini and feature in some of the most famous images in boxing history. They are signed by Ali in three places. The opening price was $10,000 but bidding has already crossed $50K. The auction ends Nov. 19. (h/t: ESPN)

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March 8, 1971 - Ali-Frazier I - “The Fight Of The Century”

jwillis:

March 8, 1971 - Ali-Frazier I - “The Fight Of The Century”

Met Smokin’ Joe Frazier and “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta Thursday while covering Fight Night 2010 for The Hill at the Washington Hilton.