Posted On:11/08/2011 12:17am
Boxing has lost one of the true legends of the sport.
I always had a soft spot for Joe..it must have been tough for him living in Ali's shadow. He didn't have the wit or the vocabulary to compete with Ali verbally and suffered through endless taunts and humiliating insults that were often very mean-spirited and demeaning.
He didn't possess the athleticism and dexterity of his rival, but still defeated him once and took him to the brink twice more. He also was the first man to knock Ali down, at Madison Square Garden back in 1971 when he defended his HW title and beat Muhammad by majority decision.
Joe was a straight ahead fighter with a nasty left hook who epitomized determination and tenacity. I was just watching the Thrilla In Manilla about a month ago and no matter how many times I watch that fight, I still shake my head at the guts he showed in that fight. Coming forward, again and again in the blazing heat ..bobbing, weaving, tapping his gloves together. Taking shot after shot on the way inside Ali's reach and lightning jab...like a pit bull. Getting inside and delivering his merciless body assault and forcing Ali against the ropes time and time again.
It is to this day the most glorious I have ever seen a boxer look in defeat. The fight stands as one of the greatest of all time, perhaps the greatest.
He was a warrior before the term became cliche.
The bell will toll ten in Boxing rings around the world over the next few months, as people in the sport pay tribute to Philly's most famous fighter - Smokin' Joe Frazier.
Here's the TSN article :
" If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
Has entered Barovia...
Posted On:11/08/2011 3:53am
Posted On:11/08/2011 6:13am
After all of Ali's bluster at 3:43 he just says "you're dead.".
Thanx for the inspiration Joe, you were the real champ to me.
Watch and Shoot !
Posted On:11/08/2011 6:29am
RIP.. a true great boxer.
"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
Posted On:11/08/2011 12:33pm
Style: Muay Thai
OZZ, my sentiments exact. RIP Joe Frazier.
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Posted On:11/08/2011 4:40pm
Style: Work got in the way
RIP Joe Frazier.
Posted On:11/08/2011 4:45pm
Style: Trad Ju Jitsu
I am currently watching Ali v Frazier I and it's Round 11 and Ali has just been clocked and is in trouble of dropping.
I thought Ali needed another fight before he accepted the fight with Frazier. Still, Joe was never going to be denied. What is not know is that Ali had a crisis of Confidence on the way to the Garden. He appealed to Dundee, "Hey Angelo. I'm better than Jimmy ain't I?" "sure you are Champ". The exchange was repeated. Dundee realised that Ali just needed the reassurance that he would not get KO'd as Jimmy Ellis had been. Not quite sure where I read it but was a few years ago.
It was Ali's first pro defeat. It was not his first Knockdown, that trick had been achieved by Sonny Banks before Clay (Ali) beat Sonny Liston.
Smokin' Joe Frazier. Beaten by Foreman and Ali. How's that for a resume? A great fighter. RIP.
Posted On:11/08/2011 5:35pm
Style: Punk Rock
Be well, Champ. You're missed.
Posted On:11/09/2011 12:38am
Style: mostly BJJ with some Judo
indeed...for the first time in a long ass time, I was generally sad that an athlete died...**** me, I hope he is in a better place.
Posted On:11/09/2011 12:48am
Style: Ex-Tiger KF, ex-SanDa
They had better give the man his statue in Philly. WTF Rocky statue, but no smokin joe bronze? That's some bullshit. He was an Olympic Gold Medalist, and the first guy to beat the "Greatest" professionally.
This has been an issue for some time, but now, with Joe's passing, it's crucial.
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