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RIP Smokin’ Joe: Boxing pays tribute to a legend
As the tributes continue to flood in, we look at what some of the sport’s biggest names have had to say about Joe Frazier.
Muhammad Ali"The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration."
George Foreman"The term 'one and only' has been widely used to introduce many a celebrity, athlete and politician. Generally, they've appeared in print, TV or movies. With most of these folks, 'one and only' is the last definition they deserve. "But this is not the case with 'Smokin'' Joe Frazier. Truly the one and only."
Don King"His pride and dignity made him fight to the end. "Joe never forgave Muhammad Ali for what he did to him, but Joe Frazier proved that he wasn't only a great fighter but a great man.''
Mike Tyson"Frazier and Ali were quintessential the apex of pedigree fighting (sic) in which each man would not give an inch until they were dead. Their era was competitive fighting at the highest level. "As a young fighter it has always been an honor to be compared to Frazier."
Sugar Ray Leonard"Joe, without question, was the epitome of the ultimate fighter, the warrior and the champion. They don’t make them like them like they used to. "He fought everybody. I remember Joe and Muhammad Ali. Joe dropping Muhammad Ali was not just a shock to Muhammad, but a shot to the world."
Oscar de la Hoya"Joe Frazier was a warrior inside of the ring and outside of the ring, but every time that we would see each other, Joe would always give me a big hug and tell me how great of a jab that I had. I considered him a friend."
Barry McGuigan“The humility of the man struck me back then. He didn’t ask for a penny and he didn’t get a penny — yet he left Belfast saying the people reminded him what it felt like to be a world champion all over again.”
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