The ledger to the right lists high quality fighters in purple and fights with the heavyweights of the 70's in blue. The links in blue on the fighters names are links to information from the fight itself, the feeling before the fight and the fight as I saw it. If the fighter lost a certain fight four asterisks will be in the last column(****).If a result of a fight is linked in blue then that fighters record is available in the records database.
Joe Frazier was a ferocious puncher with the best left hook in heavyweight history. His bobbing and weaving style that put him into position to deliver his punches made him a hard target to hit and tough man to run away from. His peek a boo defense stopped blows and left Joe in a good position to hook. Joe started his career in 1965 destroying Woody Goss in Philadelphia, and that was a sign of things to come. Over the next 7 years and 29 fights Joe Frazier could not be beaten. His first real test was in May of 1966 when he took on Chuck Leslie and dispatched of him in 3 rounds. Soon after Joe's competition took another step up in class. In the span of 3 months in late '66 Joe beat challengers Oscar Bonavena and Eddie Machen to firmly plant himself on the cusp of a title shot. Joe had to come off the canvas to beat Bonavena. It took a while for Joe to get his turn however and he beat more good competition like George Johnson and George Chuvalo on the way to getting a shot for the New York State title against Buster Mathis. Frazier knocked Buster out in 11 rounds and then beat Bonavena again before facing his toughest test to date. On June 23,1969 Joe took on his first best of the '70's heavyweight in Jerry Quarry. This fight was an incredible action fight and for more on it click the link for Jerry Quarry. After beating Quarry, Frazier finally got his chance to get the title. Jimmy Ellis was his opponent and Joe took him out in 4 rounds. Frazier was fast becoming called a great one and THE GREATEST-(Muhammad Ali) was soon an opponent. Before this though Joe beat the great light heavyweight champ Bob Foster. Foster dominated the light heavyweight scene for a decade but never could get it done against the great heavyweights. The "Fight of the Century" soon followed and Joe Frazier was a national icon after his thrilling win over Ali. After beating two more mortal fighters (Terry Daniels, Ron Stander). He would fight another soon to be icon George Foreman. Frazier would get his first lost in this fight being destroyed by what appeared to be a superhuman Foreman. Building back after the loss, Frazier didn't pick on no slouches, he first beat tough Joe Bugner over 12 rounds then had his first rematch against Ali. Ali took this fight over 12 rounds in a very close decision. Joe made it known to all the world though that he was far from washed up, and was actually starting to get to Ali when the fight was over in 12 rounds, not 15 because they were only fighting for the minor NABF title. Another fight against Quarry followed and Frazier showed the super punch in dispatching Jerry in 5. Then Frazier pounced on a fading Jimmy Ellis in early 1975 to set up the Thrilla in Manilla. This fight was an epic struggle and much more on this fight could be learned by clicking on the 1975 Muhammad Ali link. Once again Frazier leapt back into a major fight after a loss and took on George Foreman again. Foreman took a little longer this time but once again proved to be too much for Frazier. Joe retired and as so many fighters do, he came back for another fight and looked real washed up in a draw against Jumbo Cummings in 1981. Joe didn't have to come back, we already knew he was one of the greatest. He was solid as a rock and had a left hook for the ages-"Smokin Joe".
Vs 1991 Evander Holyfield-Holyfield liked fighting against smaller fighters, but he never fought a smaller fighter like Joe Frazier. Holyfield has the heart of a lion, but Frazier has the heart of 2. Prediction-Frazier KO in 10
Vs 1988 Mike Tyson-Tyson would hurt Frazier once in the fight I'm sure, but Frazier would knock Tyson out the first time he had him hurt. This fight could go either way, but my gut feeling-. Prediction- Frazier KO in 7
Vs 1999 Lennox Lewis-Lennox would be a real tough match-up for Joe. The left hook of Frazier would have to travel a long way up to get there, this might be a total shock but I think it would be a close fight. Lewis would tie Joe up whenever he was hurt and keep popping the jab. I have got to think that Frazier would figure out a way to win though. Prediction-Frazier By Unanimous Decision
Frazier(1-10 skill rating, ten being the best)
TOTAL-62 rated an A fighter.
A+ = 65 or higher-All Time Top 10 All weights
A = 59-64-Top 10 All Time Heavy
A- = 57-58-Top 20 All Time Heavy
B+ = 55-56-Great star any period
B = 49-54-star any period
B- = 47-48-minor star any period
C+ = 41-46-Good Fighter any period