Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Joe Frazier Passes Away

It is sad to report that Joe Frazier has lost his fight with cancer and has passed away at 67, Frazier had been omitted to a hospice over the weekend for treatment on liver cancer but the disease was to far advanced to find successful treatment for the former heavyweight champion.

Lennox Lewis has been leading the tributes the Frazier, Lewis added: "I am extremely saddened at the news of the passing of former World Heavyweight Champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier.  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.  May he rest in peace."

Floyd Mayweather has also offered to cover the funeral costs.

Joe Frazier was well respected within the world of sport, especially in Boxing where he always be regarded as one of the greatest.

Frazier only found out about the diagnosis last month and his family released 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.

He transitioned from this life as "One of God's Men," on the eve of November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.

Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father's home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding."

Frazier was reported to have lost 50 pounds and friends like Rev. Jesse Jackson and fellow heavyweight king Larry Holmes requested visits, but Frazier decided against it.

"Joe doesn't want to see anybody, the way he is now," his manager Les Wolff explained earlier this week. "I think you can understand why. He's a proud man."

Joe Frazier was one of the greatest to grace the sport, Frazier fought professionally from 1965 to 1981, capturing the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. He defeated Muhammad Ali in 1971, which was the high point of Frazier’s career. Before turning pro, Frazier won a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics.

Ali vs Frazier was the biggest rivalry in any sport, Smokin Joe Frazier fought in the golden era of Boxing during the 70’s in which he became world champion.

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