When boxing was bold, bright, and glamorous and the fights
were the hottest sporting events of the year, Joe Frazier was king as the
Heavyweight Champion of the World. From 1970 to 1973 he reigned. With a career record of 32-4-1 with twenty-seven knockouts and an Olympic gold medal,
Frazier leaves little question that he was one of the greatest fighters of all
Well-known, loved, and revered as a gentleman and a fierce
competitor in the ring, Joe Frazier speaks his mind in Smokin’ Joe—about growing up poor and fighting in the first $2.5
million bout; about the early days of his friendship with Muhammad Ali
and how their relationship changed; and about the often corrupt world of boxing
and what really went on inside and outside the ring.
Personable, good-natured, and funny,
Frazier’s story is a real delight.
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