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Joe Frazier was the world heavyweight boxing champion from February 1970 until January 1973 and fought in the famous "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975.
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Frazier took the fight with a unanimous decision, delivering Ali his first professional defeat.
The victory catapulted Frazier to full-fledged stardom and riches. He purchased a 368-acre farm, not far from where he'd grown up, and became the first African-American since Reconstruction to speak in front of the South Carolina Legislature.
In 1974, Frazier, who'd lost his title the year before to George Foreman,
stepped into the ring against Ali again. This time it was Ali who came out victorious. Their final battle came in 1975 in the Philippines. Dubbed the Thrilla in Manila, it's considered the sport's greatest fight by some boxing historians. The match lasted 14 bruising rounds before Frazier, battling eyesight issues, was prevented from coming out for the final round by his trainer, Eddie Futch.
It was the "closest thing to dyin' I know of," Ali later said of the fight.
In 1976, at the age of 32, Frazier retired. He briefly returned to the ring in 1981, but quickly retired again, and for good, after just one fight.
His post-boxing years saw him manage the career of his oldest son, Marvis, a heavyweight. His daughter, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, also took up boxing, and eventually fought Ali's daughter, Laila Ali, in a fight called Ali-Frazier IV. Ali came out victorious.
In all, Frazier had 11 children.
In September 2011 Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer. The disease quickly spread, and he soon was in hospice care. He died at his home in Philadelphia on November 7, 2011.
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