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Smokin' Joe Frazier Battling Liver Cancer, In Poor Condition

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FightSaga has learned boxing legend Smokin' Joe Frazier Frazier is in the advanced stages of liver cancer.

"He's in serious shape, we're looking for a miracle," a source close to the former heavyweight champ told The New York Post. "They're only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now."

Frazier, 67, is a former Olympic gold medalist and undisputed heavyweight champion who boxed professionally from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981. 

Known most for his three epic battles against nemisis Muhammad Ali, Frazier emerged as the top contender in the late-1960s, defeating the likes of Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, George Chuvalo and Jimmy Ellis en route to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970.

In 1971, then heavyweight champion Joe Frazier defeated previously unbean Ali in the highly-anticipated "Fight of the Century." Two years later, Frazier lost his title when he was knocked out by George Foreman. He fought on, beating Joe Bugner but losing a rematch to Ali in 1975 in a fight dubbed the "Thrilla in Manila" - which is considered by boxing historians to be one of the greatest heavyweight title fights ever and was the third and final bout of their famous trilogy.

Smokin' Joe made a cameo appearance in the first Rocky movie and its rumored some of the most memorable moments in the film, such as Rocky's carcass-punching scenes and Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art were are taken from Joe's real-life training regimen.

After losing to Foreman again in 1976, Frazier dedicated himself to training local boxers in his hometown of Philadelphia.  

Known for pulverizing left-hook in the ring and his humble and gentlemanly persona outside it, Frazier retired with a record of 32-4, 27 KOs and was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.  

Please keep Smokin' Joe in your prayers and thoughts....

Source: Wikipedia, Nov 5 2011
Quote Source: New York Post 


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