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Frazier former Heavyweight of World loses fight to Cancer

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Despite beating the "greatest," Joe Frazier, former Heavyweight Champion of the World died Monday night, losing his fight against liver cancer.

Millions of people have been touched by the death Monday night of boxing icon Joe Frazier. Frazier passed away last night of liver cancer, and remains one of boxing’s true legends.

On Twitter after hearing of Frazier's death, Floyd Mayweather Jr. tweeted, "My condolences go out to the family of the late great Joe Frazier. #TheMoneyTeam will pay for his Funeral services." Mayweather extended a similar gesture, earlier this year when he paid for for the funeral Genaro Hernandez.

Frazier, struggled financially after his boxing career ended. According to th LA Times, Frazier "made public appearances to earn income, such as one just this summer at Saratoga Race Track in New York to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of the first fight in his epic trilogy against Muhammad Ali. Those who were there were concerned by how frail Frazier looked. On Saturday, word came he was receiving hospice care -- near death."

Frazier beat Muhammad Ali for the Heavyweight Championship of the World at Madison Square Garden in 1971 and the 2 men men endured a lifelong, intense, personal rivalry. “Smokin’ Joe” battled “The Greatest” 3 times.

In a 1971 bout nicknamed the "Fight of the Century," at Madison Square Garden, an estimated 300 million watched when Frazier beat Ali. The loss at the Garden was Ali's first. Frazier knocked Ali down in the 15th round with his "signature" left hook and won the fight by decision.

In 1975, in his third fight against Ali, Frazier lost in the infamous "Thrilla in Manilla," on a decision to Ali. "

Ali wrote a statement today saying that the "world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones."

Frazier lost 4 fights of which 2 were to Ali and 2 to George Foreman. Foreman also posted on Twitter saying "Good night Joe Frazier. I love you dear friend."

On Saturday night in Las Vegas a 10-count will be performed in Frazier's memory.



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By TonyBerkman on November 08, 2011 at 06:59 pm

Love Heals it is sad. I think partly because of all the amazing memories he gave us - for those who were around to see the fights. It is also, I think, partially because it reminds us of our own mortality and that of those we love.

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on November 08, 2011 at 07:07 pm

tony, this is a wonderful tribute...!

R.I.P. champ....keep punchin'

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By TonyBerkman on November 08, 2011 at 07:30 pm

Thank you Mike. That means a "TON" coming from you. I was just holding the space for you to write something if you wanted to. Though I like your tribute at the end of your comment. It says it all.

It's sad, "sweet" and powerful.

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By Lartinos on November 08, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Seemed like a great guy, Mayweather is still a punk!

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By TonyBerkman on November 08, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Lartinos, don't you think we can all be punks sometimes?

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By Lartinos on November 08, 2011 at 11:38 pm

In case that link in there doesn't work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fSAe8AK1Y

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By Ed Attanasio on November 09, 2011 at 09:56 am

Joe is in heaven sparring with Rocky, Joe, Henry, Kim and Billy Martin!

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By Uttam Gill on November 09, 2011 at 10:23 am

May his soul rest in peace...A great boxer...'smokin Joe'...as he was known then in 1971...I can vividly recall this well publicized clash at Madison square...I was in VI th Standard...Now today this great boxer...a man…a husband...a father...a brother...a good friend and more than that a legend in boxing history more here...He is gone for ever leaving behind a sage for many to recount that once this great boxer existed here and we all know HE IS A GREAT JOE FRAZIER...THE GREATEST OF ALL

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By Uttam Gill on November 09, 2011 at 10:27 am

May his soul rest in peace...A great boxer...'smokin Joe'...as he was known then in 1971...I can vividly recall this well publicized clash at Madison square...I was in VI th Standard then...Now today this great boxer...a man…a husband...a father...a brother...a good friend and more than that a legend in boxing history ...He is gone for ever leaving behind a saga for many to recount that once this great boxer existed here and we all know HE IS A GREAT JOE FRAZIER...THE GREATEST OF ALL

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By Angie Alaniz on November 09, 2011 at 11:22 am

I had not heard about this and feel sad as I have many wonderful memories watching my dad get so excited enjoyed watching these pros in the ring.

Though I don't understand the joy of this sport, I sure saw my father and so many of his friends totally get into watching Frazier and Ali fights.

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