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Facts about heavyweight champion Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who earned boxing immortality with three epic battles against Muhammad Ali, died on Monday at age 67.

other Updated: Nov 08, 2011 10:26 IST

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who earned boxing immortality with three epic battles against Muhammad Ali, died on Monday at age 67.

* Born Jan. 12, 1944, in Beaufort, South Carolina.

* Won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal for the United States in 1964 in Tokyo.

* Won the world heavyweight title in 1970 after knocking out champion Jimmy Ellis.

* Hands Muhammad Ali the first defeat of his pro career on March 8, 1971, winning a 15-round bout at New York's Madison Square Garden billed as "The Fight of the Century."

* Lost his title in 1973 to hard-hitting George Foreman.

* Frazier loses second fight with Ali, again at Madison Square Garden, in a 12-round decision on Jan. 28, 1974.

* In one of the most famous sporting events of the 20th century, Frazier lost to Ali in a brutal encounter in the Philippines known as "The Thrilla in Manila" on a technical knockout when trainer Eddie Futch would not allow Frazier to fight the 15th round.

* Inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

* Frazier retired in 1976 before staging an unsuccessful return in 1981.

* Career record of 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts.