Joe Frazier Was Cooler Than Ali. Discuss.

Joe Frazier died two years ago today. Now is as good a time as any to pay tribute to the former champ through a single photograph that best captured the unbridgeable distance between the two premier fighters of the age — a picture made at the very moment when the rivalry between Ali and Smokin' Joe was coming into… » 11/07/13 9:57am 11/07/13 9:57am

Joe Frazier's Youngest Son Claims Frazier Told Him He Was Poisoned Two…

On the day before Joe Frazier died in November, his 20-year-old son, Derek Dennis Frazier, made a YouTube video saying he had not spoken with his father in two months. Derek, the youngest of Frazier's 11 children, also said he did not know where his father had been, even as he lay dying in a Philadelphia hospital not… » 1/31/12 6:35pm 1/31/12 6:35pm

It Takes A Nickel On The Ground To End A Michael Spinks Interview: A…

I spent a lot of time this past week covering the public outpouring of love and respect in Philly for Smokin' Joe Frazier, the first guy to—as one preacher put it at yesterday's "Homegoing Ceremony"—"put [Muhammad] Ali on his ass." This, while Ali sat near the front of a behemoth church that holds up to 6,500 people.… » 11/15/11 8:45pm 11/15/11 8:45pm

How The Media Keep Getting Joe Frazier Wrong

Lawdy, lawdy Bob Lipsyte is great: "This glorification of Smokin' Joe actually began several years ago with documentaries and books that used him as a vehicle—not always unjustified—for attacking Ali. Once again, Joe was the opponent, not the headliner. Those who reviled Ali as the symbolic hero of liberals, the… » 11/10/11 1:21pm 11/10/11 1:21pm

Joe Frazier Is Not Dead Yet, Despite One Australian Paper Desperate For…

As tends to happen when famous people are very ill (and even when they're not), Twitter killed Joe Frazier last night. It just takes one person jumping the gun, or one person misinterpreting another's tribute. A retweet here, a failure to wait for a legitimate source there, and the deed is done. The problem with… » 11/07/11 10:45am 11/07/11 10:45am