Black History Month: February 16
Smokin’ Joe Frazier was an Olympic and World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, active from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s. Frazier was a popular champion, reprising himself in cameo roles in several Hollywood films, and professionally is perhaps most famous for his trilogy of Heavyweight Championship fights with Muhammad Ali.
Frazier had a bullying fighting style, depending on bobbing, weaving and power punching. He is perhaps most famous for his vicious left hooks.
Muhammad Ali was a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.
Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier. Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope.