Joe Frazier has died Monday night after battling liver cancer.

Former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has died Monday night after battling liver cancer. He was 67. “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier, famous for his battles with Muhammad Ali, was diagnosed with the disease last month and entered hospice care last week. In a statement released to Action News, his family said that Frazier “transitioned from this life as ‘One of God’s Men,’ on the eve of November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadephia, Pennsylvania.” “Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father’s home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible.” In April 1971, Frazier gave Ali his first defeat in what was dubbed as the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden. Ali would win their 1974 rematch, as well as their trilogy bout in 1975 dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila.” Frazier finished his boxing career with a 32-4 win-loss record, along with 1 draw. — With a report from Agence France-Presse.
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