World heavyweight boxing champion known as Smokin' Joe who competed against many of the all-time greats. He won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and retired with a record of 32-4-1.
His 1971 boxing match with Muhammad Ali was dubbed The Fight of the Century by the media.
He lost his undefeated, 29-0 record after falling to George Foreman on January 22, 1973. He then fought Foreman again in 1976 and after losing again, he announced his retirement from boxing.
Schoolmates would give him a quarter or a sandwich to walk with them and protect them from bullies.
Had a daughter and son, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde and Marvis.
- The meaning of the name Frazier: Strawberry