Boxing History: May 26, 1972 “Smokin’” Joe Frazier KO 5 Ron Stander, Omaha.
Frazier retains World Heavyweight Title.
Joseph William “Joe” Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), also known as Smokin’ Joe, was an American professional boxer, Olympic gold medalist and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a one-fight comeback in 1981.
Frazier’s overall record was 32 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw, with 27 wins by knockout. He won 73 percent of his fights by knockout, compared to 60 percent for Ali and 84 percent for Foreman. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.
World Heavyweight Champion 1970-1973
The Ring Progress of the Year Award for 1966.
The Ring Fighter of the Year for 1967, 1970, & 1971.
The BWAA Edward J. Neil Trophy as the Fighter of the Year for 1969, 1971, & 1975 (with Muhammad Ali).
Frazier’s first fight with Jerry Quarry was The Ring Fight of the Year for 1969.
Frazier’s first fight with Muhammad Ali was The Ring Fight of the Year for 1971, and the fifteenth round was The Ring Round of the Year.
Frazier’s first fight with George Foreman was The Ring Fight of the Year for 1975, and the second round was The Ring Round of the Year.
Frazier’s third fight with Muhammad Ali was The Ring Fight of the Year for 1975, and the twelfth round was The Ring Round of the Year.
Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Named the eighth greatest heavyweight of all-time by The Ring in 1998.
Named the eighth greatest heavyweight of the 20th century by The Associated Press in 1999.
Remembering Smokin’ Joe!