08 Nov '11, 6am

Ex-heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dies after fight with cancer at 67

Ex-heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dies after fight with cancer at 67

Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier passed away after a brief fight with liver cancer. -- PHOTO: REUTERS PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his rival's shadow, has died after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a release confirming the boxer's death on Monday. Frazier, who took on Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s - including the epic 'Thrilla in Manilla' - had been under home hospice care after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer, a family friend said. Until then, Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas in September. Smokin' Joe was a ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including a devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. It was the le...

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