Joe Frazier Decoded: The People’s Champion Remembered

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Watching boxing on his family’s black and white TV set, a young Frazier would often shadowbox on the porch. As he got older, he made a makeshift punching bag and worked on his form. After a freak accident his left arm damaged, Frazier developed a powerful left hook that would become his trademark knockout punch. As an amateur fighter, he won the Middle Atlantic Golden Gloves heavyweight championship three consecutive years (1962-64). His only loss in those three years would be to Buster Mathis, who defeated him again by decision in the 1964 Olympic boxing team qualifying bout.

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Watching boxing on his family’s black and white TV set, a young Frazier would…

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