Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier


1/12/1944, Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

Birth Name

Joseph Billy Frazier


  • Shots from Thrilla in Manila.
  • Shots from Thrilla in Manila.
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Boxer who was heavyweight champion of the world from 1970 to 1973. Best known for his three brutal fights with Muhammad Ali, two of which were for the championship.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Frazier's daughter, Jackie, is a lawyer and a boxer.

    • In 1971, before his first fight with Ali, Frazier and his family received numerous death threats from so-called "supporters" of Ali.

    • Frazier was the 13th of 14 children born to Rubin and Dolly Frazier.

    • Frazier's father, Rubin, was a one-armed sharecropper and moonshiner.

    • At age 15, Frazier left his hometown of Beaufort SC and headed north because he feared retaliation after beating up a white man in a fight.

    • In 1969, Frazier was knocked down twice by Oscar Bonavena in the first round but recovered to win a unanimous decision.

    • Frazier and Ali's first bout in 1971 was dubbed the Fight of the Century by the media.

    • Frazier, although he gave the man due credit for his boxing greatness, dissed Ali several times in his 1996 autobiography Smoking Joe mostly because Ali had referred to him as an Uncle Tom and a Gorilla. The notoriously pro-Ali media, as usual, defended their hero and attacked Frazier for his remarks.

    • Frazier once had a singing group named Joe Frazier and the Knockouts.

    • Frazier, like Bill Cosby, is a fan of Temple University athletic teams.

    • After his first fight with Ali, Frazier checked into a hospital and rumors began circulating that he had died.

    • Frazier once appeared in a commercial for Miller Lite beer.

    • Frazier had a cameo appearance in the original movie Rocky.

    • Frazier (or rather his voice) guest starred on two episodes of The Simpsons.

    • Frazier currently owns a gym in Philadelphia and trains fighters.

    • Frazier's son, Marvis, was a heavyweight boxer of some note during the 1980's.

    • Frazier weighed nearly 300 lbs. at one time during his youth and originally took up boxing as a mean of losing weight.

    • Frazier worked in a slaughterhouse during his teen years. He used to practice his punching by hitting on sides of beef where he worked. This act was copied by Sylvester Stallone for his movie Rocky.

    • Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 when he knocked out former Ali sparring partner and close friend Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round.

    • Frazier won a gold medal in 1964 as a heavyweight for the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

    • Muhammad Ali and others accused Frazier of being an Uncle Tom before their first bout. This was nonsense because if anything Frazier knew much more about black ghetto life than Ali who had grown up in a middle class background.

    • Of Frazier's four losses in his boxing career, two were to George Foreman and two were to Muhammad Ali.

    • Frazier's professional record was 32 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw.

    • Frazier lost his heavyweight title when he was knocked out in the second round by George Foreman in 1973.

    • Muhammad Ali nicknamed Frazier "the Gorilla" before their third fight in Manila.

    • Frazier handed Muhammad Ali his first professional boxing defeat in their first fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He won a unanimous 15 round decision.

  • Quotes

  • \"Smokin\' Joe\" Frazier was a knock-out puncher who was essential to the legand of Cassius Clay (Ali).

    In the Jefferson\'s episode \"You\'ll Never Get Rich\" Joe played himself as the Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World.

    The episode was from the Jefferson\'s 11th and final season.

    In this episode Marla Gibbs (Florence - the Maid) constantly gets into trouble while visiting Las Vegas with the Jefferson family.

    One of the subtle things that the writers and producers slipped in from the boxing world was the presence of three heavywight boxing champuions into this episode - all from different venues and eras.

    Joe Frazier was the \"Old Timer\". Michael Spinks was the newer era Champion. Gary Materna, an AFTRA and SAG member actor, was also the former novice heavyweight champion boxer from the University of Notre Dame \'s fabled \"Bengal Bouts\" (they have a history that goes back to Knute Rockne\'s era). Gary played the Casino Security Guy who had to keep removing Florence from her casino \"trouble\" areas.

    During the taping of the show a photograph was taken of the \"Three Heavyweight Champions\". It\'s a classic!!!moreless