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Joe Frazier dies at 67; heavyweight champ had epic bouts with Muhammad Ali
Joe Frazier dies at 67; heavyweight champ had epic bouts with Muhammad Ali

Joe Frazier, the heavyweight boxing champion who in 1971 became the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali, then lost two epic rematches including a ferocious battle known as the "Thrilla in Manila," died Monday night. He was 67. Smokin' Joe, as he was known, died in Philadelphia, said his manager, Leslie Wolff. He had liver cancer. It was a golden age of heavyweight boxing in the 1970s, when fight fans filled massive arenas and boosted the sport's television ratings to watch the likes of Ali and Frazier and George Foreman, Jerry Quarry and Ken Norton. Photos: Joe Frazier through the years In his 37 professional fights, Frazier won 32 times — 27 by knockout...

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