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Joe Fraiser very ill with Liver Cancer
November 6, 2011
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Another sad story from the boxing world--Joe Fraiser in a battle for his life. Seems hard to imagine Fraiser and Ali, both suffering and now old, were once the 2 most formitable heavyweights in History. Joe may have only a short time left.

Former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier deathly ill with liver cancer
By Steve Cofield
Joe Frazier was one of the most feared knockout artists in the history of boxing, but now he's facing an opponent very few can KO.

According to the N.Y. Post's Kevin Kernan, the 67-year-old Frazier is battling advanced stages of liver cancer.

"He's in serious shape, we're looking for a miracle,'' said a source close to the former heavyweight champ. "They're only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now.''

According to Leslie Wolff, Frazier's personal and business manager, the former fighter was diagnosed four or five weeks ago, but hasn't been told how long he has to live.

"We have medical experts looking into all the options that are out there," Wolff told the AP. "There are very few. But that doesn't mean we're going to stop looking."

Frazier will always be linked to Muhammad Ali for their series of fights between 1971-1975.

Their first meeting dubbed "The Fight of the Century" came in 1971 at New York's Madison Square Garden when both fighters were unbeaten. They earned a record sum of $2.5 million each. The lead up to fight had a good vs. evil feel.

For fans, either Frazier or Ali filled the role. Frazier won a one-sided decision (11-4, 9-6 and 8-6) handing Ali his first career loss. He floored Ali in the 15th round.

Ali took the 1974 rematch at MSG via majority decision.

The "Thrilla in Manilla" closed out the trilogy. In 1999, ESPN's SportsCentury named the bout the fifth greatest sporting event of the 20th century. Ali won the fight. Frazier could barely see after 14 rounds so his trainer Eddie Futch stopped the bout to save his fighter from further damage.

Frazier retired with one final fight in 1981 with a career mark of 32-4 with 27 KO's.

Frazier has always been regarded as a gentleman.

The son of a South Carolina sharecropper, Frazier was on the 1964 Olympic team and won a gold medal. Over his career, he won 32 fights, 27 by knockout. He had four losses and one draw. He won his first 11 fights by knock out. In 1968, he beat Buster Mathis for the New York State world title at Madison Square Garden. He made six title defenses after that over the next several years.

He was most recently seen in Las Vegas around the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight. He participated in a series of autograph signings.

November 7, 2011
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saw this to greeney, sad to hear it. and hospis id there now, we all need to pray for him. its his only chance. he is one of the greatest fighters that ever lived. as we all know., can you imagine getting in the ring with that man? RUN like crazy! i wish him all the best.

November 7, 2011
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I met him a long time ago
Cry

Willie Wonka quotes..
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Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

November 7, 2011
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Yes Joe Friazer was the Mike Tyson of his time. That era produced many great heavyweights, and several have died or had sad endings. George Forman, has aged without some of the boxing side effects.

November 8, 2011
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/sport ... at-67.html

He had even less time then I thought, apparently.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

November 8, 2011
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RIP Joe!

November 10, 2011
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R.I.P joe, went WAY to fast.

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