Joe Frazier dies of Liver Cancer

Joe Frazier

( — Boxing legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier passed away late Monday evening shortly after being diagnosed with liver cancer in early October. The world famous heavyweight was 67 years old. His business manager, Leslie Wolff, had plans set to send Frazier to Russia to have experimental treatment done on him that was not offered in the U.S.

Frazier, a hero in his hometown of Philadelphia, was known for his aggressive, hard-hitting style.

Frazier is also known by many as the man who dealt the legendary Muhammad Ali his first ever defeat. It happened where Frazier knocked Ali down with his signature left hook. He was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including that devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. It was the left hook that dropped Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to seal a win in the so-called “Fight of the Century.”

The two boxing greats continued to give the world great matches with a rematch in 1974 (which Ali won in a decision) and 1975’s classic “Thrilla in Manilla.”