“Smokin’ Joe” Frazier Fights Cancer
By Ted Sares:
Article posted on 05.11.2011
What makes a champion is heart.
Latest news reports from the New York Post indicate that former Heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Joe Frazier, 67, is deathly ill with advanced liver cancer and his days may be numbered. I hope this is wrong.
“He’s in serious shape,” a source close to the former heavyweight champ said. “We’re looking for a miracle. They’re only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now.’’
A fierce in-coming competitor with one of the most effective and relentless left hooks in boxing history, Frazier’s three battles with Muhammad Ali are legendary in every sense of the word.. Arguably, the “Thrilla in Manila” was the best of the three.
He was the son of a South Carolina sharecropper, was on the 1964 Olympic team, and won a gold medal. Over his career, he won 32 fights, 27 by knockout. He had four losses and one draw.
He defeated Jimmy Ellis in 1970 to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title, and defended the crown four times before suffering a shocking KO2 at the hands of George Foreman in Jamaica, in 1973.
A class act in and out of the ring and a great spokesman for Boxing, Joe was a one-of-a kind. Let’s keep this sweet man in our collective hearts and in our prayers. Let’s pray for that miracle.
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