Joe Frazier loses cancer fight

Joe Frazier.
Joe Frazier.

LEGENDARY heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier has died from liver cancer.

Frazier, 67, passed away in a hospice in Philadelphia and tributes have begun to flow in from around the sporting world.

Known as "Smokin' Joe", Frazier was a relentless fighter who became immortalised in the sport through his trilogy of battles with Muhammad Ali. He beat Ali in 1971's "Fight of the Century" in New York before losing the next two battles, including the famed Thrilla in Manilla.

The Frazier family has confirmed the news in the following statement:

"We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin' Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing.


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