Frazier Dies After Fight With Cancer
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight boxing champion who gave Muhammed Ali his first defeat, died Monday night after a fight with liver cancer. He was 67.
The family issued a statement confirming the champions death.
Frazier had been under hospice care after being diagnosed weeks ago with liver cancer. Until then, Frazier had been making appearances and autograph sessions where the most recent was in Las Vegas in September.
Frazier was diagnosed last month with the disease, his personal and business manager said. Leslie Wolff, who has been Frazier's manager for seven years, said the boxer had been in out and out of the hospital since early October and receiving hospice treatment the last week.
Frazier was the first man to beat Ali, taking him down in what is called the "Fight of the Century" in 1972.
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