Tuesday, 08 November 2011 00:00
Joe Frazier, the former world heavyweight boxing champion best known for his three matches with Muhammad Ali, passed away Monday from liver cancer at the age of 67.
Frazier and Ali was one of modern sports' greatest rivalries with Frazier winning their 1971 match at Madison Square Garden: one of the biggest sports event of its time. After Ali won the second meeting, the third bout (the "Thrilla in Manila") was one of the greatest and most brutal heavyweight matches in history and neither was ever the same in the ring after that battle.
Frazier, who won the gold medal as a heavyweight in the 1964 Olympics in boxing, participated in pro wrestling a number of times over the years, starting in Puerto Rico in the early 80s through being in Mr. T's corner at the second WrestleMania, as well as being a referee at the second Starrcade for the Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes match..