42 Facts About Joe Frazier

1. Joe Frazier was known for his sheer strength, durability, punch power and all-out relentless attack.

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2. Joe Frazier was an American professional boxer known for his durability, strength, punching power and relentless attack.

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3. Joe Frazier took the fight with a unanimous decision, delivering Ali his first professional defeat.

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4. Joe Frazier had one of the greatest left hooks in combat sports history.

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5. Joe Frazier toured widely all over the USA and Europe including Ireland where among other places he performed in Donegal and Athy County Kildare, Ireland with his band.

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6. Joe Frazier stated repeatedly that he no longer had any bitter feelings towards Ali.

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7. Joe Frazier lived in Philadelphia where he owned and managed a boxing gym.

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8. Joe Frazier told Sports Illustrated in May 2009 that he no longer held hard feelings for Ali.

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9. Joe Frazier promoted the book with a memorable appearance on The Howard Stern Show on January 23, 1996.

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10. Joe Frazier appeared as himself in the Academy Award-winning 1976 movie, Rocky.

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11. Joe Frazier appeared on-screen in the 8th series of The Celebrity Apprentice television show as a guest-attendee at a Silent Auction event held for the season finale (won by Joan Rivers).

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12. Joe Frazier appeared in another episode of The Simpsons—"Homer's Paternity Coot" in 2006.

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13. In 1986, Joe Frazier appeared as the "corner man" for Mr T against Roddy Piper at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as part of WrestleMania 2.

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14. Joe Frazier won 73 percent of his fights by knockout, compared to 60 percent for Ali and 84 percent for Foreman.

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15. In 1976, Joe Frazier fought George Foreman for a second time.

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16. In March 1975, Joe Frazier fought a rematch with Jimmy Ellis in Melbourne, Australia, knocking him out in nine rounds.

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17. Joe Frazier won his next fight, a 12-round decision over Joe Bugner, in London to begin his quest to regain the title.

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18. Joe Frazier was known to improve in middle rounds, and this was the case with Ali.

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19. Joe Frazier had had two good wins, including a bruising battle with Oscar Bonavena, whom Ali had defeated by a TKO in 15 rounds.

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20. Joe Frazier had himself declined to participate in the WBA tournament to protest their decision to strip Ali.

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21. Joe Frazier showed he could do a lot more than just slug.

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22. Joe Frazier closed 1968 by again beating Oscar Bonavena via a 15-round decision in a hard-fought rematch.

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23. Joe Frazier knocked out Jones and Machen, but surprisingly went 10 rounds with journeyman Johnson to win a unanimous decision.

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24. Joe Frazier was sent to Los Angeles to train, before Futch agreed to join Durham as an assistant trainer.

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25. Joe Frazier took an "8" count by referee Bob Polis but rallied for a TKO over Bruce in round 3.

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26. Joe Frazier would fight a 30-year-old German mechanic named Hans Huber, who failed to make it on the German Olympic wrestling team.

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27. Joe Frazier went back to his room and soaked his thumb in hot water and Epsom salts.

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28. Joe Frazier agreed and while there he was a workhorse, sparring with any of the Olympic boxers who wanted some action.

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29. Joe Frazier was eager to get back at Mathis for his only amateur loss and KO'd two opponents to get to the finals.

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30. Joe Frazier finally settled in Philadelphia, "I climbed on the Dog's back and rode through the night" Joe remarked.

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31. One day, with no fanfare, no tearful goodbyes, Joe Frazier packed quickly and got the first bus heading northward.

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32. Joe Frazier stayed with Coca-Cola until the government began building houses for the Marines stationed at Parris Island, at which time he was hired on a work crew.

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33. Joe Frazier had to save up a bit before he could make the bus trip to New York and still have some money in his pocket, and so first he went to work at the local Coca-Cola plant.

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34. Joe Frazier was told he could stay with Tommy and his family.

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35. Joe Frazier was never able to keep it fully straight again.

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36. One day Joe Frazier poked the hog with a stick and ran away.

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37. Joe Frazier was raised in a rural community of Beaufort called Laurel Bay.

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38. Joe Frazier died of complications from the disease on November 7, 2011.

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39. Joe Frazier is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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40. Joe Frazier made a comeback in 1981, fighting just once before retiring.

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41. Joe Frazier fought on, beating Joe Bugner, losing a rematch to Ali and beating Quarry and Ellis again.

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42. Joe Frazier reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973, and as an amateur won a gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

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