Perhaps professional boxing isn’t quite as popular as it used to be, and maybe part of the reason is that there just hasn’t been a great rivalry like Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali to capture the attention and imagination of the sports world. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Frazier and Ali were among the most popular athletes on the planet and their popularity lives on to this day. Born in South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, Frazier rise to stardom began after winning the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. “Smokin’ Joe” the breezed through his early professional fights and in 1971 took on Ali for the first time in “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden. The fight lived up to the hype, and Frazier prevailed in a 15-round decision. Two years later, Frazier sustained his first defeat at the hands of George Foreman and then lost a rematch against Ali. Then Frazier and Ali met for a final time in the “Thrilla in Manila,” which Frazier lost when his trainer, perhaps prematurely, threw in the towel. Since retiring from fighting, Frazier has helped train young fighters and runs his own boxing gym in Philly.
There are only a handful of athletes who can truly be considered a living legend, and Joe Frazier is certainly a member of that esteemed club. Imagine the impact of a Joe Frazier speaker appearance or Joe Frazier endorsement. Contact TSE right now and we can help make it happen.
**Joe Frazier Speaker**
Muhammad Ali is remembered almost as much for his mouth as for his fighting, and the verbal sparring between Ali and Smokin’ Joe resulted in frequent Joe Frazier speaker appearances to fire back responses to Ali.
**Joe Frazier Appearance**
Outside of the boxing ring you might have seen a Joe Frazier appearance in two episodes of “The Simpsons,” and there was also a Joe Frazier appearance in the movie “Rocky” and in several video games.
**Joe Frazier Endorsement**
The most frequent Joe Frazier endorsement is for his Smokin’ Joe Frazier Foundation, which helps inner city youth.
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