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Joseph William Frazier (Frazier-Joe)

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Born: 1944 AD
Currently alive, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Boxer

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1944 - Born on the 12th of in Beaufort, South Carolina.

 

1958 - Began pro boxing career.

1964 - He won the Olympic gold medal in Japan, and peaked when he became the first American Olympic heavyweight champion to also win the heavyweight title of the world.

1966 - He was undefeated in nine fights, winning eight by knockout before gaining a split decision over Argentine fighter Oscar Bonavena, despite Bonavena flooring him twice in round 2nd.

1967 - He won all four of his fights, including a 6th round knockout of Doug Jones and a 4th round technical knockout of George Chuvalo.

1970 - On the 16th of February, He finally became a universally recognized champion when WBA world heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis defended against him at Madison Square Garden and Frazier emerged victorious with a 5th round knockout.

1971 - On the 8th of March, at Madison Square Garden, Frazier and Ali boxed the first of three bouts.

1972 - He retained the title twice, beating Terry Daniels and Ron Stander, both 4 round knockouts.

1973 - On the 22nd of January in Kingston, Jamaica, and it was Frazier's turn to lose his undefeated record and position as world champion against George Foreman in startling fashion. Foreman dominated, stopping Frazier's famous tank-like advance with armorpiercing crosses and hooks in just 2 rounds, including 6 knockdowns, to Howard Cosell's famous call "Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier!".

1974 - His second fight against Ali took place, once again, in New York. Ali was given a 12 round decision in a lackluster bout. Frazier finished that year with another rematch, knocking Quarry out in 5 rounds.

1975 - He was once again, a year of rematches for Frazier, but this time around they were accompanied by more traveling to far away countries. He met former victim Jimmy Ellis in Melbourne, Australia, knocking him out in 9 rounds. That win made him again the number one challenger for the world crown, taken over by Ali after Ali brilliantly defeated Foreman by knockout in 8 at "The Rumble in the Jungle".

1976 - He lost badly to Foreman in a rematch and retired. Frazier's style was poorly suited to counter Foreman's outside power punching, and Frazier finally despaired of reaching the top again.

1981 - He attempted a comeback which lasted only one fight, drawing in 10 rounds with Jumbo Cummings in Chicago, Illinois.

1990 - Joined Ali, Foreman, Norton and Holmes to appear on the cover of a boxing game, Champions Forever, produced for the Sega and Nintendo game systems.

1992 - He appeared as himself in an episode of The Simpsons in which he would be beaten up by Barney Gumble.

2006 - Frazier objected and he was shown beating up Gumble instead. He later appeared in another episode of the Simpsons.

         - On February, he appeared in Fight Night Round 3, a game made by EA Sports.

         - He is still training fighters, but an October, article in The New York Times showed him struggling financially and living in a small apartment above his gym in a run-down section of Philadelphia.


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