Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the boxing legend who is most known for his fights with Muhammad Ali in the 70′s, has passed away tonight (Nov 7) from his battle from liver cancer, his family has confirmed. He was diagnosed just last month.
He recently came out about his sickness, and although fans have offered to donate their liver to save him, it was no match for the boxing legend.
This was the quote from his manager Leslie Wolff just a few days ago (via ESPN):
“There is evidence that there are certain people that fight much harder than other people, and in doing so, they last longer. They have the heart of a champion. Joe ain’t no quitter. Even in this struggle, he’s showing people you don’t give up.”
Rest In Peace, Mr. Frazier.
Here’s the famous fight when he actually beat Muhammad Ali, in his prime: