Joe Frazier, Boxing Champ, Dies at Age 67

Frazier fights Ali in 1971; Frazier today (inset)
Joe Frazier, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, died after a battle with liver cancer. He was 67.

Frazier, whose death was confirmed Monday by his family, had been in a Philadelphia-area hospice.

Known for his famous “Thrilla in Manila” fight in 1975 against Muhammad Ali, whom he fought three times, “Smokin” Joe” Frazier is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

When news first broke of Frazier”s cancer battle, Ali, 69, sent public prayers and well-wishes, saying, “The news about Joe is hard to believe and even harder to accept.”