Born on January 12, 1944 – Smokin’ Joe Frazier – Today, the great Joe Frazier would have been 74 years old, having been born on the 12th of January back in 1944.
Frazier brought home the 1964 Olympic gold medal from the Tokyo games and from there he entered the pro ranks. On March 4th, 1968 Frazier captured the title vacated by Muhammad Ali when he stopped previously unbeaten Buster Mathis in round eleven. On March 8th, 1971 he faced and defeated Muhammad Ali in one of the most memorable sporting events of all-time. He later lost his title to George Foreman in another memorable slugfest and Frazier would ultimately retire with a 32-4-1 overall record, including 27 wins via KO. In 1990, he was in the inaugural class at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. Unfortunately, we lost Smokin’ Joe on November 7th, 2011 at the age of 67. Gone, but not forgotten, Joe Frazier.
In this latest TBC segment, we celebrate the career of Philadelphia’s Frazier with our killer analyst Frank Lotierzo. Lotierzo has more than 50 years spent in the sport of boxing and with his Philadelphia roots, Lotierzo shares a lot of insight and anecdotes on the champ. Check it out right here.
Also, do not miss “Happy 69th Birthday to George Foreman” for Lotierzo’s retrospective on one of Frazier’s greatest rivals and a giant in his own right.
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