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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
|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|