Posts Tagged ‘Joe Frazier’

Boxing Fan Savors Side of Beef “Tenderized” by Smokin’ Joe

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Joe Frazier prepares dinner.

LANCASTER, PA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) As the boxing world mourns the passing of heavyweight great Joe Frazier, who died yesterday at the age of 67, one of his die hard fans paid him a unique, yet fitting tribute.

In the movie Rocky, Sylvestor Stallone’s title character is shown in a meat locker getting in shape by pounding a side of beef,  inspired by a young Joe Frazier, who worked in a slaughterhouse and practiced his punches on hanging slabs of meat.

Morris Lester, a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, dined on a side of beef the boxing legend pummeled  over fifteen years ago during a publicity event; Frazier was on hand to mark the opening of a new steakhouse.  Lester had the slab cut, packaged and frozen. (more…)

FROM THE VAULT: Classic TSD Stories

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Frazier vs. AliChemical Ali, that is.


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Friday, April 3rd, 2009

On April 11, HBO is showing a doc on the Thrilla in Manilla, the epic 1975  Frazier-Ali battle — the third in their “trilogy.”  Here’s a description from VSL (, an excellent service, btw.  

When Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali first squared off, in 1971, they were fast friends and undefeated fighters. By the time of their third fight, in the Philippines in 1975, they’d been humbled and hardened, and had turned into bitter enemies.

Ali warmed up for the bout by calling Frazier “gorilla” and “Uncle Tom.” Frazier bit his tongue and fumed. The fight was brutal; the aftermath, ugly: Today, Ali is a shadow of his former self, and just last year, Frazier was living in the back of a Philadelphia gym. The Channel 4 documentary Thrilla in Manila is fiercely partisan on Frazier’s behalf. It’s also disturbing (Frazier claims responsibility for, and revels in, Ali’s physical decline), surprising (Imelda Marcos pops up as one of the interviewees), and riveting. Don’t miss the HBO premiere, on April 11.