Joe Frazier dies - by Ron Jackson

Former world heavyweight champion Frazier passed away on November 7 from liver cancer. He was 67. He was only diagnosed with the illness early in October and had spent his last few days in a hospice in Philadelphia.

In March 1971 Frazier became the first man to beat Muhammad Ali, in what was labeled the Fight of the Century. He was subsequently beaten by Ali on two occasions in 1971 with the "Thrilla in Manila" being possibly the greatest heavyweight fight of all time.

Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 when he stopped Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden. He made four successful defences before losing the title to George Foreman who knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title in 1973.

Frazier was born on January 12, 1944 as the youngest of 12 children. He has 11 children. He won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal for the United States in 1964 in Tokyo.