Joe Frazier

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Joe Frazier
"Smokin' Joe"









Joe Frazier, born on January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina was a professional boxer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was known for his brutal left-hook and his aggressive fighting style that left his opponents battered and bruised.

Joe Frazier's professional boxing career spanned over 16 years, from 1965 to 1981. He fought a total of 37 times, winning 32, losing 4, and drawing once. Out of his 32 wins, 27 were via knockout, which is a testimony to his exceptional punching power. Joe Frazier won a total of four world titles during his career and successfully defended his titles nine times.

Frazier's professional boxing debut was against Woody Goss at the age of 21 on August 16, 1965. He won the fight via first-round TKO. After his debut, Frazier went on to win 28 consecutive fights, which included 24 wins via stoppage. It was obvious that Frazier was a force to be reckoned with and his opponents realized this.

In a heavyweight NYSAC (vacant) title fight against Buster Mathis on March 4, 1968, Frazier proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. After 19 professional fights, Frazier won the fight via an 11th round TKO, cementing his place in boxing history. Frazier became the heavyweight champion of the world at just 24 years of age.

Frazier went on to win three world titles at heavyweight, cementing his place as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Over the course of his career, Frazier put on some remarkable performances, and eight of those performances are the highlight of his career.

On July 19, 1967, Frazier put on the first remarkable performance of his career when he defeated George Chuvalo via 4th round TKO. His first world title win against Buster Mathis via 11th round TKO is also remarkable. He also defended his NYSAC heavyweight title by defeating Jerry Quarry and winning the fight via 7th round RTD on June 23, 1969.

In 1970, Frazier became the undisputed heavyweight world champion by beating Jimmy Ellis via 4th round RTD. He held the NYSAC, WBA, and WBC heavyweight world-champion belts. He successfully defended WBA and WBC heavyweight titles against Bob Foster on November 18, 1970, winning the fight via a 2nd round KO.

The fight that cemented Frazier's place as one of the greatest boxers of all time was his victory over Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971. The victory won him The Ring heavyweight title. Ali had been stripped of his titles, and the fight was billed as the "Fight of the Century." Frazier won the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

In a rematch on January 28, 1974, Ali defeated Frazier in a unanimous 12 round decision. Ali had nicknamed Frazier "The Gorilla" before the fight, which was a reference to the racial prejudice surrounding the fight.

Joe Frazier fought famous boxers such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and George Chuvalo, just to name a few. In particular, his fights against Muhammad Ali will always be remembered in boxing history.

Frazier lost a total of four fights in his professional boxing career: two in title bouts and two in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss to George Foreman via 2nd round TKO on January 22, 1973. The loss ended his 29-fight win streak. He was stopped three times and lost once via decision. Frazier's last professional fight was against Floyd Cummings at 37 years of age on December 3, 1981. The fight ended in a draw.

Joe Frazier had an exceptional career, and his contribution to the sport will always be remembered. His aggressive fighting style and powerful punch made him stand out from other boxers of his time. Joe Frazier's induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 is testament to his expertise, authoritativeness and trustworthiness.

Joe Frazier's legacy in boxing will always be remembered, not only for his immense talent but also his grit and determination. He is an inspiration to many who aspire to be great in whatever they do. Joe Frazier remains a very strong presence in the world of boxing, and his memory will always live on.

Joe Frazier Fight Record

# Date Age Opponent Result Via
37 Dec 3, 1981 37 Floyd Cummings Draw MD
36 Jun 15, 1976 32 George Foreman Loss TKO5
35 Oct 1, 1975 31 Muhammad Ali Loss RTD14
34 Mar 2, 1975 31 Jimmy Ellis Win TKO9
33 Jun 17, 1974 30 Jerry Quarry Win TKO5
32 Jan 28, 1974 30 Muhammad Ali Loss UD
31 Jul 2, 1973 29 Joe Bugner Win PTS
30 Jan 22, 1973 29 George Foreman Loss TKO2
29 May 25, 1972 28 Ron Stander Win RTD4
28 Jan 15, 1972 28 Terry Daniels Win TKO4
27 Mar 8, 1971 27 Muhammad Ali Win UD
26 Nov 18, 1970 26 Bob Foster Win KO2
25 Feb 16, 1970 26 Jimmy Ellis Win ⭐️ RTD4
24 Jun 23, 1969 25 Jerry Quarry Win RTD7
23 Apr 22, 1969 25 Dave Zyglewicz Win KO1
22 Dec 10, 1968 24 Oscar Bonavena Win UD
21 Jun 24, 1968 24 Manuel Ramos Win TKO2
20 Mar 4, 1968 24 Buster Mathis Win TKO11
19 Dec 18, 1967 23 Marion Connor Win TKO3
18 Oct 17, 1967 23 Tony Doyle Win TKO2
17 Jul 19, 1967 23 George Chuvalo Win TKO4
16 May 4, 1967 23 George Johnson Win UD
15 Apr 11, 1967 23 Jefferson Davis Win TKO5
14 Feb 21, 1967 23 Doug Jones Win KO6
13 Nov 21, 1966 22 Eddie Machen Win TKO10
12 Sep 21, 1966 22 Oscar Bonavena Win SD
11 Jul 25, 1966 22 Billy Daniels Win RTD6
10 May 26, 1966 22 Al Jones Win KO1
9 May 19, 1966 22 Chuck Leslie Win KO3
8 Apr 28, 1966 22 Don Smith Win KO3
7 Apr 4, 1966 22 Charley Polite Win TKO2
6 Mar 4, 1966 22 Dick Wipperman Win TKO5
5 Jan 17, 1966 22 Mel Turnbow Win KO1
4 Nov 11, 1965 21 Abe Davis Win KO1
3 Sep 28, 1965 21 Ray Staples Win TKO2
2 Sep 20, 1965 21 Mike Bruce Win TKO3
1 Aug 16, 1965 21 Woody Goss Win TKO1