Name: Joe Frazier
Ring Alias: Smokin’
Birth Name: Joseph William Frazier
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 5′ 11½″
32 Wins (27 knockouts, 5 decisions), 4 Losses (3 knockouts, 1 decision), 1 Draw
Muhammad Ali said, “The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration.”
Oscar De La Hoya wrote simply: “I will miss you my friend. RIP Joe Frazier.”
Lennox Lewis, “He made history in the greatest era ever of heavyweight boxing and his contributions to the sport are profound and immeasurable. My deepest sympathies go out to the Frazier family during this time of loss and grief and I would like them to know that they are in my prayers. He will be missed but never forgotten.”
Bernard Hopkins, “He had great discipline and a strong will to win. Joe Frazier is an icon and he will always be remembered that way. My condolences to the entire Frazier family. It’s a very sad day in Philadelphia and all over the world. To be a fighter with a ring name such as ‘Smokin’, you’re taking a big risk because you must be smokin’ with that famous left hook, and he was.”
Bert Sugar, boxing historian, “This is the day for Joe Frazier, who has always been the second slot to Muhammad Ali, even when he won. Today is the day when he stands up as his own and he’s Joe Frazier, period, paragraph, and he can stand up to anybody on his own.”
Joe Bugner, the former British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, who lost by decision to Joe Frazier five months after being beaten by Mohammed Ali in 1973,”I’m so proud I fought him.”
Wally Matthews wrote “It is no surprise that after that night of greatness, he was never the same. But to knock Frazier for being unable to match the greatest athletic performance ever seen at Madison Square Garden is like criticising Michelangelo for being unable to sculpt another David.”
Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.
Thank you for the memories Smokin’ Joe.