PHILADELPHIA: Joe Frazier, who fought Muhammad Ali in a famous trilogy of Boxing 1970, died after a battle with liver cancer, his family said Monday. He was 67th
The family issued a statement confirming boxer died Monday night.
Frazier went to Ali in three dynamic battle in the 1970s, including the epic "Thrilla in Manila".
He had been in home care after being diagnosed last week with advanced cancer of the liver that killed him, a family friend said.
Frazier was the first man to defeat the legendary Ali, a 15-round unanimous decision over Ali in 1971 at Madison Square Garden in what was dubbed the "fight of the century."
Ali won a unanimous 12-round decision in a rematch in 1974 and famous trilogy ended with a victory in the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" by stopping Frazier after 14 rounds in their epic battles in the Philippines.
A year later, "Smokin 'Joe" has lost the fourth and last time in his career, when George Foreman knocked twice before the fight was stopped in the fifth round.
Frazier won the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association heavyweight title in February 1970 in the case of Jimmy Ellis in the fifth assault of their fight at Madison Square Garden.
He defended the title four times before you get into bigger and stronger Foreman in their first game in 1973.
Frazier began his career with 29 straight wins before suffering his first defeat and lost his heavyweight title when he defeated six times in two rounds by Foreman in 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica.
He retired after the second fight Foreman in 1976, but returned to a more battle in 1981 at the age of 37th
In recent years, Frazier had turned to singing, forming a group called knockouts in back-up.