By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
This past week boxing lost a great champion, Joe Frazier, who passed away after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67.I will always remember Joe, and I am so blessed to have lived in his boxing era and to have witnessed his fights. He was a relentless fighter and fought every round going forward behind a vicious left hook, with his opponents having to withstand constant pressure from Smokin’ Joe.If there were six fights, in my opinion, that absolutely stood out in his career they would have to be:
September 21, 1966 / vs. Oscar Bonavena … Frazier down twice in second round to rally and win a hard fought 10 round decision.
1) What former boxing champion baptized TV personality Khloe Kardashian, he is her God-Father ?
a) Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
b) Sugar Ray Leonard
c) Iron Mike Tyson
d) Marvelous Marvin Hagler
2) What former flyweight champion had the nickname “The Mighty Atom” ?
a) Jimmy Wilde
b) Benny Lynch
c) Hiroyuki Ebihara
d) Pone Kingpetch
Jerry Quarry and David Martinez (May, 1991)
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
June 23, 1969 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Joe Frazier met the popular Irish fighter, Jerry Quarry, for the New York State recognized heavyweight title. Back in the day, the New York State Boxing Commission wielded quite a bit of power. Commissioner Edwin Dooley wasted little time stripping Muhammad Ali of his heavyweight title when Ali refused induction into the Armed Forces. The World Boxing Association did the same and they set up a tournament to determine a new champion. Eight top contenders were selected, with unbeaten Joe Frazier being one of them. Frazier’s management declined the invitation, however. The eventual winner of the tourney was Jimmy Ellis, who defeated Jerry Quarry in the finals.
The N.Y.S.A.C. offered Frazier a chance to fight Buster Mathis, who like Frazier, was undefeated. Mathis had defeated Frazier twice in the amateur ranks. The winner would be the champion in New York and a few other states. Well, Frazier met Big Buster and took him out in the eleventh to gain revenge and also win a piece of the heavyweight title.
Although the talented Jimmy Ellis held the more recognized WBA tilte, Frazier was considered by most as the best active heavyweight. They would eventually meet to settle their differences.