Joe Frazier dies of Cancer: It was revealed this weekend that Frazier fight against liver cancer and was reported in a hospice care.Joe Frazier, who fought Muhammad Ali in a famous boxing trilogy in 1970, has died after a battle with liver cancer, his family said Monday. He was 67.
Boxing legend Joe Frazier dies of Cancer.The family issued a press release confirming the death of the boxer on the night of Monday.
Frazier took Ali in three fights dynamic in the 1970’s, including the epic “Thrilla in Manila”.
He had been under the care of his home after being diagnosed with a couple of weeks with advanced liver cancer that took his life, a family friend said.
Frazier was the first man to defeat the legendary Ali, a 15-round unanimous decision over Ali in 1971 at Madison Square Garden in what is called the “fight of the century.”
Ali won a unanimous 12-round decision in a rematch of 1974 and famous for the trilogy completed in 1975 with a victory in the “Thrilla in Manila” to stop Frazier after 14 rounds in his epic fight in the Philippines.
A year later, “Smokin ‘Joe” suffered its fourth and final of his career when George Foreman knocked him down twice before the bout was stopped in the fifth round.
Frazier won the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association heavyweight title in February 1970 to stop Jimmy Ellis in the fifth assault of their fight at Madison Square Garden.
Frazier began his career with 29 straight wins before suffering his first defeat, and losing his heavyweight title when he was shot down six times in two rounds by Foreman in 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica.
He retired after the fight second foreman in 1976, but returned for one more bout in 1981 at age 37.
In recent years, Frazier had turned to singing, forming a back-up group called Knockouts.
And a statement from the family reported WPVI-TV Philadelphia says: “We, the family of the 1964 Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist, former world boxing champion and International Boxing Hall Fame member Joe Smokin ‘Frazier regret to inform you of his death.
“It went from this life as” one of the men of God “, on the eve of the November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our father and the immense outpouring love and support.
“Respectfully, we request private time to mourn as a family. Celebrating our father at home will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.”
Frazier won the Olympic gold in 1964, after going to the Games as a substitute for the injured Buster Mathis, who had defeated him in the trials.