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The Champ is dead - Joe Frazier loses in a cancer battle

By November 09, 2011 ,

Philadelphia - Joe Frazier, the son of a South Carolina sharecropper who punched meat in a Philadelphia slaughterhouse even before Rocky, won Olympic gold, and beat an undefeated Muhammad Ali to become one of the all-time heavyweights greats died on Monday.

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It emerged over the weekend that Frazier was fighting liver cancer and he was reported to be in hospice care.

And a family statement reported by Philadelphia's WPVI-TV read: "We, the family of the 1964 Olympic boxing heavyweight gold-medallist, former heavyweight boxing champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame member Smokin' Joe Frazier, regret to inform you of his passing.

"He transitioned from this life as "One of God's Men," on the eve of November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our father and vast outpouring of love and support.

"Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father's home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding."

Frazier won Olympic gold in 1964 after going to the Games as a replacement for the injured Buster Mathis, who had beaten him in the trials.

The champ is dead...

My prayers to one of the best fighters in the world.

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