You were a straight up warrior, the real life Rocky who whipped an undefeated Muhammad Ali and had a left hook that could shake a building. A true class act, a great man, and a legendary blue-collar hero. Rest in peace brother. There will never be another like you.
Dude, seriously, he's one of the greatest fighters of all time, and definitely one of the best heavyweights. The only two people he ever lost to were George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, and he beat Ali when he was undefeated and at his best.
Man was a legend. He does get shortchanged often, but he shouldn't, because he was awesome.
I have some special memories when it comes to Joe Frazier. My dad and I did not agree on too much when I was growing up but we were both huge fans of Joe so we watched every fight of his together bopping and weaving right along with him.
I fought cancer myself and fucking hate that I have lost so many people to it in the last few years. And now Joe, one of the very few men I consider an idol. My heart broke a little when I found out. May he rest in peace and may his family be granted the strength to move forward and remember only the good.
One of my all time favorites. The way he worked inside and just unloaded on people was just amazing.
The other thing that I always admired him for was being a man and just fighting. He really could have gotten into it with Ali when Ali called him every name in the book and instead just trained and acted like a man should. sportsmen like that especially in the boxing world are not to common anymore.
Hell yeah. Those days are long gone. Nobody goes for the kill anymore, and it's maddening. I hate to mention this, but that is just one of the reasons why so many folks are flocking to MMA. 90% of the time, you will get what you paid for. I have to admit, however, that even some of the greatest MMA fights ever pale in comparison to watching legends like Frazier and Ali go at it.
I think fighters and more rabid fight fans always gave Smokin' Joe his due. Where he is largely ignored is among the casual boxing "fans" and the general public who are only familiar with the myth that sprung up around Ali. If you sample people at random the "Ali" they describe really doesn't match up with what the man did or accomplished very well. Hell, I have had many people tell me Ali was a voice for equality, tolerance, and unity. That was Frazier.