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Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier
A picture taken in January 1973 of US heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier during a training in Kingston before his match against George Foreman.Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on November 7, 2011 after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a statement confirming Frazier's death late Monday night. The boxing icon won an Olympic gold medal in a brilliant career that spanned almost 20 years but he was best known for fighting Ali in a famed 1970s trilogy of bouts, including the epic "Thrilla in Manila." (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
(credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier
A picture taken in January 1973 of US heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier during a training in Kingston before his match against George Foreman.Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on November 7, 2011 after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a statement confirming Frazier's death late Monday night. The boxing icon won an Olympic gold medal in a brilliant career that spanned almost 20 years but he was best known for fighting Ali in a famed 1970s trilogy of bouts, including the epic "Thrilla in Manila."(Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
(credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier
A picture taken on March 8, 1971 shows US heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier (background) keeping his title at the end of the fight called the "match of the century" against his compatriot Muhammad Ali at the Madison Square Garden, in New York. Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on November 8, 2011 after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a news release confirming Frazier's death late Monday night. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier
A picture taken on June 8, 2011 shows boxing great Joe Frazier (C) making his way through the crowd at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on November 8, 2011 after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a news release confirming Frazier's death late Monday night. (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier
A picture taken on March 8, 1971 shows US heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier (L) keeping his title at the end of the fight called the "match of the century" against his compatriot Muhammad Ali at the Madison Square Garden, in New York. Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on November 8, 2011 after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a news release confirming Frazier's death late Monday night. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier & Phillies Phanatic
Joe Frazier & Phillies Phanatic
The New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Flyers Ray Emery/Champ Joe Frazier
Philadelphia Flyers Ray Emery/Champ Joe Frazier
VOORHEES, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery meets for the first time former boxing champion Joe Frazier at his training camp locker. Emery has an image of Joe Frazier painted on his helmet. The Philadelphia Flyers training camp at the Skate Zone on September 14, 2009 in Voorhees, NJ. (Credit: Norman Y. Lono/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Flyers Ray Emery/Champ Joe Frazier
Philadelphia Flyers Ray Emery/Champ Joe Frazier
VOORHEES, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery meets for the first time former boxing champion Joe Frazier at Emory's Flyers training camp locker at the Skate Zone on September 14, 2009 in Voorhees, NJ. Frazier was given a Flyers jersey with his name and the number one on it. Emery has an image of Joe Frazier painted on his helmet. (Credit: Norman Y. Lono/Getty Images)
Sony Pictures Classics Presents "Tyson" New York Screening
Sony Pictures Classics Presents "Tyson" New York Screening
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson attends Sony Pictures Classics' screening of "Tyson" at the AMC Loews 19th Street on April 20, 2009 in New York City, New York. (Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier, Former Heavyweight Champion of the world poses for a portrait on March 18, 2009 at his boxing gym in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 18: Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 18: Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 18: Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 18: Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
Joe Frazier Portrait Session
PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 18: Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Gotham Magazine Annual Gala Hosted By Beyonce
Gotham Magazine Annual Gala Hosted By Beyonce
Gotham Magazine's annual gala on November 18, 2008 in New York City. (Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier
Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier
NEW YORK - MARCH 8: American heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier (L) kept his title at the end of the fight called the " Match of the Century" against his compatriot Muhammad Ali at the Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971 in New York. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Premiere Of Georgia Rule
Premiere Of Georgia Rule
Joe Frazier attends the premiere of "Georgia Rule" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on May 8, 2007 in New York City. (Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Anthony Mundine v Danny Green
Anthony Mundine v Danny Green
SYDNEY, NSW - MAY 17: Former Heavyweight world champion Joe Frazier poses for a photo at the Anthony Mundine v Danny Green Super Middleweight fight at Aussie Stadium May 17, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Friars Club Roasts Don King
Friars Club Roasts Don King
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Former Boxer Joe Frazier and Boxing promoter Don King attend the roasting of Don King at the Friars Club on October 28, 2005 in New York City. (Credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Hearts For Hope Gala
Hearts For Hope Gala
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 4: Joe Frazier attends the Hearts For Hope Gala at Capitale November 4, 2004 in New York City. (Credit: Bowers/Getty Images)
Hearts For Hope Gala
Hearts For Hope Gala
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 4: Joe Frazier attends the Hearts For Hope Gala at Capitale November 4, 2004 in New York City. (Credit: Bowers/Getty Images)
Nelson Mandela, Michael Spinks & Joe Frazier
Nelson Mandela, Michael Spinks & Joe Frazier
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA: South African President Nelson Mandela (C) poses with former heavyweight boxing champions Michael Spinks (L) and Joe Frazier (R) at his official residence in Pretoria 06 December 1997. The boxers are visiting South Africa at the President's invitation. (Credit: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier & Shane Mosley
Joe Frazier & Shane Mosley
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Former Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier(L) poses with boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley(R) as they arrive 12 December, 2000 at the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Awards in New York City. (Credit: MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier
19 Jul 1996: Former boxer Joe Frazier looks on at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. (Credit: Markus Boesch /Allsport/Getty Images)
Ali & Frazier
Ali & Frazier
10 Feb 2002: Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier enjoy the the 2002 NBA All-Star game at the First Union Center during the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. DIGITAL IMAGENOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2002 NBAE (Credit: Jennnifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman & Joe Frazier
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman & Joe Frazier
UNDATED: JOE FRAZIER, GEORGE FOREMAN AND MUHAMMAD ALI. (Credit: Gray Mortimore/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)
Preparty For 10th Annual ESPY Awards
Preparty For 10th Annual ESPY Awards
(Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Magic Johnson Attends "An Evening with Champions"
Magic Johnson Attends "An Evening with Champions"
386260 06: Basketball great Earvin Magic Johnson, left, jokes with boxer "Smokin" Joe Frazier at "An Evening with Champions" March 2, 2001 at Alfredo of Rome restaurant in New York City. (Credit: George De Sota/Newsmakers)
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