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Joe Frazier
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Frazier in 2010
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Real name Joseph William Frazier
Nickname(s) Smokin' Joe
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11+1/2 in
Reach 73 in
Nationality American
Born (1944-01-12)January 12, 1944
Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.
Died November 7, 2011(2011-11-07) (aged 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 32
Wins by KO 27
Losses 4
Draws 1

Joseph William Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011) was an American boxer. He held the world heavyweight championship from 1968 to 1973. Frazier also won a gold medal in boxing at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Frazier was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He learned to box in Philadelphia.

Frazier won the vacant world heavyweight title by beating Buster Mathis. He lost the title to George Foreman whom had knocked out Frazier in a 3 punch combo, breaking his eye socket, jaw, and collar bone. Frazier's most famous fights were rematches with Muhammad Ali. He beat Ali in their first fight in 1971 but lost the other two. The third fight was known as the "Thrilla in Manila".

Frazier died in Philadelphia on November 7, 2011 from liver cancer, aged 67.

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