S.C. native, ex-heavyweight champion Frazier dead at 67

Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, famous for his bouts with Muhammad Ali, died Monday night after a battle with liver cancer. He was 67.

Frazier’s family said in a statement that the boxer had died. Frazier, a native Beaufort, was diagnosed with the disease last month and had been in hospice care.

Former manager Leslie Wolff previously said he received messages from fans willing to donate their liver to the boxing great.

Frazier is best known for handing Ali his first professional defeat, toppling the ex-champion in 1971 in what was dubbed the Fight of the Century. Frazier was awarded the decision after knocking Ali down in the 15th and final round.

Frazier, who won gold at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, held the title until 1973, when he was beaten by fellow undefeated fighter George Foreman.

Frazier and Ali fought twice more, including the “Thrilla in Manila,” with Ali prevailing both times.

Frazier left the sport with a professional record of 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts.

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