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Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier (Boxing.  Born, Beaufort, SC, Jan. 12, 1944; died, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 7, 2011.)  A central figure in one of the most celebrated New York sports events ever, Smokin’ Joe Frazier was undisputed world heavyweight champion (1971-73).  Frazier won his first 19 fights (17 by knockout) before taking the New York version of the […]

Hurricane Carter

Hurricane Carter (Boxing.  Born, Clifton, NJ, May 6, 1937.)  An above-average middleweight who once fought for the championship, Ruben Carter became a national cause celebre after being convicted in a triple murder.  Carter held wins over top fighters such as Emile Griffith (1963) and Jimmy Ellis (1964) and earned a shot at middleweight champ Joey […]

Oscar Bonavena

Oscar Bonavena (Boxing.  Born, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 25, 1942; died, Reno, NV, May 22, 1976.)  A serious heavyweight contender who once took Muhammad Ali 15 rounds, Oscar Natalio Bonavena was never quite good enough to beat a top heavyweight.  Among his eight career losses in 67 fights were those to Zora Folley (1965), Jimmy […]

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