Joe Frazier

(b. 1944) American boxer

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US boxer and world heavyweight champion (1970–73).

Born in Philadelphia, Frazier became an Olympics gold medallist in 1964. He then turned professional and built his career on his fitness and agility, a powerful left hook, and prowess as an in-fighter. He won the world heavyweight title in 1970, after the championship had been taken away from Muhammad Ali and passed to Jimmy Ellis. In 1971 he became the first man to beat Ali in a professional fight. When the two met, as undefeated champions, the fight was watched by 20 455 spectators at Madison Square Gardens.

Frazier held the title until 1973, when he lost to George Foreman (1948– ) in the second round. Subsequently, he lost to Foreman once more and to Ali twice before retiring in 1976.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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