Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In Memoriam: Joe Frazier (1944-2011)

I find it hard to watch boxing nowadays. As a matter of fact, its been years since I've sat through a fight. Part of the reason is, I've been spoiled...

When I was growing up, the dramatic saga of the Ali-Frazier fights, were the stuff of legend. Although an unabashed Ali fan, I couldn't help but have admiration for Smokin' Joe Frazier. His bobbing and weaving, his devastating left hook, his relentless attack made him a great foil for Muhammad Ali's antics, but it also made him a great fighter...a very great fighter. 

While all of us Ali fans remember his victory in the 'Thrilla in Manilla', his defeat of Frazier didn't diminish us. But Frazier's loss to cancer in some way makes us all a little poorer. Frazier was a great boxing champion, with a tremendous heart and an indomitable spirit. He is rightfully has a place in the Pantheon of athletes whose talent, hard work and competitiveness made him an example to us all...

Joe Frazier - dead at the age of 67.

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