Muhammad Ali Says He’ll Remember Joe Frazier With Respect

Muhammad Ali says he will always remember Joe Frazier with admiration and respect.

Frazier died Monday night after a battle with liver cancer at age 67. He and Ali will be linked forever, both heavyweight champions and bitter rivals in the boxing ring who fought each other during three epic bouts in the 1970s.

Frazier won the first one at Madison Square Garden in the Fight of the Century.

Ali won the last two, cementing his legend as The Greatest, and was as rough on Frazier outside the ring as he was between the ropes. He called him a gorilla and mocked him as an Uncle Tom.

But after Frazier’s death, Ali issued a brief statement with kind words for Smokin’ Joe.

“The world has lost a great champion,” he said. “My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”

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  • Mike Davis

    I was a fan of Muhammed Ali, and certainly a fan of the relationship between
    Smoking Joe Fraizer and the man of Boxing – Mr Mohammed Ali/ the relationship
    as entertainer atheletes in the boxing ring.
    The reason I sent the email is I would like to know if Mohammed Ali, the former
    Mr. Clay is basically okay. I vaguely recall that he was suffering from some
    sort of condition. At age 56 I no loinger have the time to follow that many that
    are making the news or have made not only the news of the past, but acutallly
    changed the way this man sees himself when he looks in the mirror each morning. Two in question,the greatest: Mohammed Ali in a photo finish
    with Mr Smoking Joe Frazier. My best to both men.

  • Ron Davis

    Joe was a true champion . he may of lost other fights but if you ever won a championship your a champion in my book. Joe was a class act took alot of verbal fair or unfair remark but he was the greatest as well as Ali.

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