Growing up in Philadelphia as an aspiring amateur boxer, Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain found a mentor in the city’s boxing champion, “Smokin” Joe Frazier. McClain, who was 6-1 as a boxer while competing in area Golden Gloves tournaments, was given his first pair of boxing trunks by Frazier.
That’s why Monday’s news that Frazier had died at age 67 after a short bout with liver cancer hit McClain hard.
McClain said he met Frazier on several occasions, but hadn’t spoken to the legendary boxing champion in years.
“I’ll hold on to the memories,” McClain said. “He’ll be missed, and it’s unfortunate for his family.”
Ravens linebacker McClain mourns loss of Joe Frazier
Former pugilist was given first pair of boxing trunks by Frazier
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