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    Smokin' Joe Frazier Passes Away At Age 67 - Bloody Elbow

    "I don't want to knock my opponent out. I want to hit him, step away and watch him hurt" - Joe Frazier

    Smokin' Joe Frazier passed away this evening after a battle with liver cancer. Born on January 12, 1944, Frazier would win an Olympic gold medal in 1964 and would win the world heavyweight championship during his spectacular professional career. Smokin' Joe is likely best remembered for his trilogy of fights with Muhammad Ali.

    It's hard to write one of these articles on a site like this and not speak with any personal feelings. Frazier was always something of a larger than life figure in my head. One of the reasons I got into combat sports was my great grandfather telling me stories of the greats. Specifically he loved to talk about Muhammad Ali, including the stories of the Ali/Frazier battles. It built Frazier into a titan in a young man's mind.

    As I grew up and actually saw footage of Frazier boxing, it was clear what a monster he was in the ring. His skills as a boxer often get overlooked, and it's not hard to understand why. Frazier had a left hook that melted his foes when it landed.

    Frazier was one of the best the sport of boxing has ever seen and rather than be depressed over his passing, I suggest we all take a few minutes to remember him on top of the world:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc7Kx...layer_embedded

    RIP
    In the end, the only prize a fighter keeps is you. I only ask that you continue supporting all athletes. Keep supporting them, because in the end your applause is the only thing that remains. The rest is only an illusion. - Wanderlei to fans

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    One of the best. RIP

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    One of the most underrated fighters of all time. There would be no Ali without Joe Frazier.

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    rip

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    I live in the Philadelphia area so I got to meet and talk to Joe a few times. He was a really cool and nice guy. RIP Champ

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