Joe Frazier

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nochange
04/02/2008

gave ali his first lost

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mackseaton
02/13/2008

Absolutely one of the greatest boxers of all-time. Not the prettiest but man, I loved his bang 'em up style. Loved Smokin' Joe, in his prime he was as good as anyone (and proved it). His hard luck that he fought in the greatest era of heavyweights.

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gmk1012
10/20/2007

Frazier was a good puncher with a lot of stamina but would never have beaten  the likes of Liston or Foreman in their prime.

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Victor83
03/15/2007

I agree with kareem. Had he not fought in the Ali era, I think many today would rate him much higher. He would have destroyed Holmes and most certainly the heavyweights of today.

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kareem32
03/15/2007

the man would walk through a mine field to land a punch. had miles and miles of heart. would have given most fighters hell. did not know the meaning of "quit." absolute warrior. damn shame that his prime was so short, partly due to his reckless style. one of the greatest ever.

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pugwash01
02/23/2007

He was a good boxer, but not one of the best. He certainly had a great left jab, but that does not make you an awesome boxer. Definately a contender for any match and a boxer that could definately work well in the ring, but not in my eyes the best! There can only be one! "ALI"

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Ben999
02/23/2007

One of the few boxers who could compete with Ali. Although I think Ali would have pounded Frazier if he fought him in his prime

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kevinrobertm
01/25/2006

Pound for Pound.5' 11" 205lbs the BEST!

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chucktown asassin
12/27/2005

overrated.

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Robbo59
12/24/2005

Joe Frazier may have been the toughest fighter ever to enter the ring. I know that there have been many great fighters in all divisions who proved their mettle and had the ability to sustain punishment and keep up the attack, but Smokin' Joe did this as a heavyweight. The punishment he absorbed against Ali in three fights without ever relenting or taking a voluntary step backward is mind-boggling. Even in his two crushing defeats against Big George Foreman, Frazier refused to stay down and be counted out despite being savaged by punches that induced sleep in so many others. But Joe Frazier was not simply a bunching bag. He had the greatest left hook in the history of the game and a simple strategy that involved stalking, absorbibg contact, and relentlessly head-hunting his opponents until they were finished, and he was victorious. To anyone who thinks that Joe would have been an easy conquest for Cassius Clay or an Ali before his banishment, get ahold of yourselves. Joe Frazier was Joe Frazier and you were going to get the same guy no matter who he fought. The younger Ali may have benefitted from increased foot and hand speed but one thing is for certain; he wasn't going to put Joe Frazier asleep. Foreman couldn't do it, and Ali sure as hell wasn't going to do it. What that means is; he would have been there for the long haul. Ali may have emerged victorious, but Joe would have been still standing at the end. It also means that just as sure as Sonny Banks and Henry Cooper's left hooks had found Ali(Clay) during the course of their fights, so would have Joe's. We all know what that looked like. Joe Frazier was a class act and one of the five best heavyweights of all time. I think he would have been too strong for the similiarly sized Marciano. I think he would have had Mike Tyson crapping in his pants. He would have stood up to, but possibly been defeated by Liston. (Too much like Foreman, and a very under rated champion.) And we all know how he faired against Ali and Foreman. Larry Holmes would have also been a tough match for Joe. His style was much like Ali and also owned a stiff jab and great stamina.

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Kelticman
12/09/2005

Good fighter, but not great. Ali would have beaten him first time round had he not had been given the three year ban. Ali was not properly prepared and didn't give Frazier the respect he deserved in their first meeting. Of course, Ali defeated him in their next two fights, but it still rankled with him that he lost the first encounter. Foreman exposed Frazier's limitations to devasting and embarrassing effect. In my opinion,Frazier would have lost to other great sluggers like Marciano, Dempsey and Tyson. Overall, Frazier was an brave fighter and his awkward, positive style made it hard for opponents.

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hotel283
10/27/2005

One of the best during boxings golden age. It intrigues me that Frazier beat Ali, and Foreman beat Frazier but Ali beat Foreman. Who was really the best? That lightning bolt left jab proved that the heavyweights could box and not just throw bombs. He could absorb a ridiulous amount of punishment, the Foreman fight in Kingston springs to mind, a short fight but Joe just kept getting up. Foreman said once in an interview that Frazier was the only boxer he was afraid of before a match and that was when George was a terrifying monster and not the grandfatherly type he became.

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afp
09/19/2005

frazer was one of the most heartest fighters of all time.using his feard left hook to knock out opponets.not much of a fighter compared to ali and marciono ali was a boxer not a sloger and marciono was a very well equipped fighter far surpassed frazers.ali was a great boxer too most people know him for his mouth but he was a very very good boxer surpassing frazer also.

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smokinjoe90
07/20/2005

Joe Frazier was in my opinion a better fighter than muhammad ali. and one of the greatest hevyweight champions ever

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irishgit
06/16/2005

One of the greats indeed. Not exactly a finesse boxer, but a hard-hitting courageous slugger, who never stopped coming.

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Chrissy_c_1888
06/03/2005

An incredibly brave and strong fighter who first went to a boxing gym only to lose weight. At the start of his training a fellow boxer of the same age as Frazier was laughin at Frazier when he was shadow-boxing because of how awkward Frazier was - especially with his feet so when the round was finished Frazier walked over to him picked him up and threw him across the gym and said you arent laughin now. He also took many beatings in the gym but as he said this only made him more hungry for success. Despite having no boxing skill his future manager Yank Durham still saw that ,with training, Frazier could do something in the ring because of his punching strength. So Durham took Frazier under his wing and guided Frazier as an amateur where he fought the very large Buster Mathis for a place in the USA Olympic team in 1964 but was beaten, and instead was on stand-by. When Buster Mathis got injured , Frazier was the fighter that replaced him and in the 1964 Olympic games Joe Frazier won the gold medal. Joe then launched his professional career where he won the unified heavyweight title from Jimmy Ellis(previously Muhammad Ali's favourite sparring partner) it was then in 1971 when the undefeated Joe Frazier met the undefeated Muhammad Ali who was making his comeback to boxing. Much has been said about this fight which was an incredible battle of heart, chin and stamina in which Frazier deservedly got the decision. Although he won the fight Frazier was in hospital for weeks whereas Ali was there for 1 night- this just shows the determination and heart shown by Frazier just to get through the fight, never mind to beat Ali. Most of this determination came from the fact that Ali repeatedly insulted Frazier causing not only him trauma but also his children. According to Frazier Ali was only like this around other people not face to face with him but he stil despised him. In their last 2 fights Ali won them both. Frazier lost the second fight despite what people say about Frazier's corner it was mainly because of the referee who didnt stop Ali from holding Frazier which took away Frazier's main game of peek-a-boo which needed space between him and his opponent.Ali took a Unanimous Decision. Then there was the Thrilla in Manilla that arguably eclipsed their first meeting. This fight again showed both fighter's icredible heart and chin with both landing punches that would floor anyone probably even each other but when these 2 met it was like they performedto their best or over-performed which puts to bed whose career needed whose because the fact of the matter is that they both needed each other because they made each other great in the history of boxing. Unfairly moreso for Ali who seems to get all the publicity and respect from fans- he was the greatest but without Frazier he wouldnt have been as great. Frazier's master trainer Eddie Futch stopped the fight against Frazier's will because of the state of his face which was black and blue and like a balloon.His fights with Foreman were a huge mis-match that even Frazier's corner didnt want to fight but Frazier did. All in all, i believe that they were both 2 incredible fighters with an even more amazing history between them - although they still hold a grudge against each other maybe one day they will realise how much respect they each deserve, especially when you realise that Frazier went through his whole career being blind in one eye - passing his physical exams by remembering the tests. An iron jaw with a heart of platinum Joe Frazier will forever go down in history as the only one to beat The Greatest in his prime.

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TheEvilSaintEv an
04/16/2005

joe frazier had two things that no other heavyweight had better: a left hook and a heart. watch his left hook in the ali fights and watch how he never backs down in his fights with foreman. his chin was a little better than average and he wasnt terrible fast with his hands or feet. but he was one of the best boxers to ever bob&weave; tactic. frazier was nothing short of outstanding.

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WWHHOOOAAAA
09/21/2004

Good slugger, but Marciano is way better.

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kress1
08/06/2004

Spectacular warrior at heart. Never backed down from any fighter. Beat Ali in the greatest fight ever in 1971 after grueling 15 rounds of sheer will. Lost to Ali in '75 only because of his corner men. If the Thrilla in Manilla fight would have gone further beyond 14-15 rounds, who knows who would've been the last man standing. Only lost to Foreman because Foreman was far bigger and heavier than Joe was. If both were the same size, we know who would've won. For the sheer heart and will and his authenticity and the lack of any showtime glitz (unlike Ali), Joe gets my 5 stars anytime.

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Duke.U.S.C
07/21/2004

Tough as nails!

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Mistachill
07/07/2004

Only two fighter beat him: Ali & Foreman - though some feel Oscar Bonavena beat him early in his career. Nuff said.

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boxingboy18966
06/25/2004

He was great. Better than Ali. The only one better was George Forman.

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rollinglover
06/10/2004

great!

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sultandadi
03/13/2004

too bad he had to fight the 2nd version of ali. the first one would have knocked him out in 7 !! smokin joe would never have caught ali !!!

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kinkykinks
03/13/2004

i gave him a five star because he was the first person to beat ali and he showed us that he had tremendous heart in the thrilla in manila a true boxer

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$$TOMMY$$
07/09/2003

Smokein Joe Frazier was in my eyes was the second best fighter to ever enter the sweet science of boxing no one will ever forget the thrilla in manila when joe frazier and Muhammad Ali pusshed themselfs to the limit but going into the last round joe frazier sat in his coner and his trainer told him "sit down son the fights over but no one will ever forget what you've done her tonight

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Roy_Freddy
05/19/2003

Joe Frazier did not know the meaning of the word "defeat". An extremely courageous fighter Frazier was relentless and just kept coming at you. He took a beating from Ali in their first fight but kept on coming. Ali thought he could clown around with Smokin' Joe but there was no fooling around in Joe and he went on to take the title and teach Ali a lesson . That lesson being: When you have to fight then fight , don't clown around.

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Mark McKee
04/13/2003

How many great memories do you have watching this unbelievable warrior fight. He style did not lend its self to a long productive period, but from 1968-1971 he could fight any heavyweight to ever enter the right, much like Tyson in his early years 1986-1989. Remember he was only 5'11",205 in his prime, so big heavyweights gave him trouble, anybody own size he owned.

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therams1
03/08/2003

On March the 8th 1971, Joe Frazier would not be beat. By Ali or anyone else.

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Forrestkaadu
02/23/2003

Joe Frazier is my all time favorite boxer. I loved his aggressive, constantly moving forward and punching style of boxing. This got him in trouble against really big punchers like George Foreman, but boxers without such punching prowess quickly found themselves bullied and pressured by Frazier. The fight that defined Joe Frazier was of course his first bout with Ali labelled "The fight of the century" in which he simply punched "butterfly" Ali into immobility and submission. Ali's post-bout swollen jaw and limp body best summarizes the brutal punishment that he took from Joe Frazier. In fact, in 41 rounds against Frazier, Ali took some fearsome punishment. The fact that Ali survived this, speaks volumes for Ali's ability to take a punch.

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rogue
02/19/2003

I feel a little sorry for Joe Frazer because his career will always be judged by three fights. Ali (my father still insists on calling him Clay) had the mouth, style and good looks to capture popular opinion but without Frazer Ali would have faded away. Joe Frazer was a contender throughout his career and should never be overlooked as one of the All Time Greatest.

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alrightjim
12/15/2002

Considering the way Ali mocked and socked him umercifully, and Foreman knocked him down unmercifully, it may seem wrong to give Frazier five stars, but he deserves them. Born in the Deep South and spartaned in the tough gyms of philly, Joe learned to bob and weave his way in and unload murderous left hooks that wilted and often ruined the oppostion. No fighter, with the possible exception of 20's lightweight Charley White, ever threw the left hook better. His knockout losses to Foreman should be placed in this perspective: against the top 25 heavies of all time Joe beats more of them than Foreman. Joe beats every fighter except the huge punchers that could hit him, and there are less than five of those. Foreman loses to every talented boxer, and there are a dozen of those in the top 25. This earns Joe his five stars.

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Scotland 27609
11/29/2002

One of the greatest, yet most underated of all times. He proved it when he beat Ali on 8 March 1971. Let me set the record straight. Frazier was not from PA. He was born and raised in South Carolina! He went to NY and later made his way to PA.He entered a gym in Philly on day because he just wanted to loose weight. Yancy Durham took an interest in him after seeing his potential. Joe Frazier is also the first American to win a Gold Medal in the Olympic Games while fighting as a heavy weight in 1964. Sorry, but Ali won a Gold Medal in 1960, but he fought in the games as a Light Heavy Weight. Long live Joe Frazier! He is a true American Hero and boxing great!

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cple
11/18/2002

I simply love Joe Frazier. He's one of my favorite fighters of all-time. He gave arguably the greatest heavyweight of all-time(Ali), three of the toughest most brutal fights ever. His third lose to Ali should only add to his greatness, the way he showed courage and never die attitude. He's beaten great opposition such as Ali, Mathis, Quarry, Ellis, Foster, Bugner, Chuvalo and many more. So what if he lost twice to Foreman in brutal fashion. George is the hardest hitting fighter of all-time, and Joe's style was perfect for Foreman. Plus, Joe never went out on his back. He got up everytime; wanted to keep on fighting, but the ref wouldn't let him. A true warrior and one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time. Oh yeah, and he did all this LEGALLY BLIND IN ONE EYE!!!!!!

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tworebel
06/27/2002

The best boxer ever!

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jmiz
01/21/2002

in arguably the biggest fight of all time - Ali-Frazier I - the battle of undefeated heavyweights held in the heart of NYC left one man the clear and undisputed champ - Smokin' Joe Frazier. While Ali was much more of a middle class background amid the stresses of Kentucky, Smokin' Joe was born and raised in Philly, has always been a man who practices his faith and is much more true to his roots than the opportunistic and headline-grabbing Ali could ever be. His gym still operates in Philly. If there was one wish I could give to boxing, it would be to have the blinders of glamour and glitz removed and the measure of a man fall to his heart -- if that were the scoring system, Smokin' Joe by unanimous decision, now and forever.

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Becky222
06/05/2001

We loved that 'smokin Joe' Thanks for meeting Ali.

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maddmarxx
01/09/2001

The classic overachiever.He didn't have size,technique,or speed,but few boxers in history have had the heart of Joe.

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Johnny Roulette
01/07/2001

A warrior. He, Foreman and Norton were the reason Ali has his place at the top. Few champs could have sustained their status with guys like Frazier around.

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dom48447et
07/11/2000

Smoking Joe, was awesome.

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magellan
06/08/2000

I love watching clips of the old Frazier / Ali battles. Ali would get Frazier so riled up by painting Joe as the establishment's lackey - an Uncle Tom if you will. And Frazier would come out with murder in his eyes, but would not quite be able to catch up with Ali - at least most of the time.

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upchuck
11/11/1999

one of the toughest i have seen, he took a licking and kept on ticking, i don't think he ever back-pedalled.

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PETE446et
10/27/1999

Courageous warrior. Too bad for him his time overlapped with Ali.

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