Boxing Legend, Joe Frazier also known as Smokin' Joe, 67, died Monday night in a hospice in Philadelphia. He had been suffering from liver cancer.
In 37 career fights, he scored 27 knockouts. He won Olympic gold in Tokyo in 1964 and lost only four times twice each to Ali and Foreman.
He was a blue-collar boxer who carried the personality of his home town 'Philadelphia' with him every time he stepped into the ring.
His family released this statement:
We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin' Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as "One of God's Men," on the eve of November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.
May his soul rest in peace.