Joe Frazier: Champ of Courage

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Smokin’ Joe Frazier gained his place among the greats when he whipped Muhammad Ali

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Boxing News tribute to a warrior – June 25, 1976

HE came smoking out of the Deep South to win the heavyweight championship and whip a living legend. Now, at 32, Joe Frazier’s fires have finally been quenched by time and the effects of some of the most punishing fights in ring history.

Frazier’s retirement was inevitable after last week’s fifth-round hammering by George Foreman at the Nassau Coliseum in New York.

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