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Joe Frazier

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Joseph William "Joe" Frazier, known as Smokin' Joe ( born January 12, 1944), is a former Olympic and World Heavyweight boxing champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981. Frazier emerged as a contender in the mid-1960s, defeating Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones and Jimmy Ellis en route to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970, and followed up by defeating Muhammad Ali in the highly-anticipated "Fight of the Century" in 1971. Two years later Frazier lost his title when he was knocked out by George Foreman. He launched a comeback, beating Joe Bugner, losing a rematch to Ali, and beating Quarry and Ellis again. Frazier's last world title challenge came in 1975, but he was beaten by Ali in their brutal rubbermatch. He retired in 1976 following a second loss to Foreman. He made a comeback in 1981, fighting just once, before retiring for good. The International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) rates Frazier among the ten greatest heavyweights of all time. He is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Frazier's style was often compared to that of Henry Armstrong, dependent on bobbing, weaving and wearing down his opponents with relentless pressure. His best known punch was a powerful left hook, which accounted for most of his knockouts. Compared to Ali's style, he was close enough to the ideal bruiser that some in the press and media characterized the bouts as the answer to the classic question: "What happens when a boxer meets with a brawler?" Since retiring Frazier has made cameo appearances in several Hollywood movies, and two episodes of The Simpsons. His son Marvis also became a boxer - trained by Frazier himself - although was unable to emulate his father's success. Frazier continues to train fighters in his gym in Philadelphia. His later years have also seen the continuation of his bitter rivalry with Ali, in which the two periodically exchange insults, interspersed with brief reconciliations. Description above from the Wikipedia article Joe Frazier, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 12, 1944 In Beaufort, South Carolina
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Tokyo Olympiad 1965-03-20
Latest Project:
Movie Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears 2012-01-01
Known For
Poster of When We Were Kings
Poster of Die Muhammad Ali Story
Poster of The Simpsons
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Movie Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears Unknown 2012-01-01
Movie Facing Ali himself 2009-05-29
Series Secret Talents of the Stars Unknown 2008-04-08
Movie Thrilla in Manila Himself 2008-11-11
Series The Next Great Champ Unknown 2004-09-07
Movie Jim Brown: All-American Himself 2002-01-01
Movie Champions Forever - World Heavyweight Champs! Himself 2000-05-17
Movie Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible Self 2000-08-17
Movie Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection Unknown 1999-06-15
Movie Just the Ticket himself 1999-02-26
Series Die Muhammad Ali Story Joe Frazier 1996-01-01
Movie When We Were Kings Himself (archive footage) 1996-10-25
Movie Muhammad Ali The Whole Story Self 1996-09-03
Movie Home of Angels Unknown 1994-01-01
Movie Champions Forever Self 1989-11-01
Series The Simpsons Joe Frazier (voice) 1989-12-17
Movie Ghost Fever Terrible Tucker 1987-03-27
Movie WrestleMania II Himself 1986-04-07
Movie NWA Starrcade 1984 Referee 1984-11-22
Series Wogan Himself 1982-05-04
Movie Rocky Himself 1976-11-21
Movie Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III Himself 1975-10-01
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Movie The Fight Himself 1974-01-01
Series Movin' On Unknown 1974-05-08
Movie The Rumble in the Jungle: George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali Himself, Commentator 1974-10-30
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Tokyo Olympiad Self 1965-03-20