Frazier discusses the early days of his friendship with Muhammad Ali, and reveals his thoughts on the likes of Mike Tyson and George Foreman. His rivalry with Ali will likely forever stand as the greatest in boxing, perhaps in sports. Description: 213 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm Other Titles: Autobiography of a heavyweight champion of the world, Smokin' Joe Frazier Responsibility: Joe Frazier with Phil Berger. Follow him through his hard life to becoming a truly all time great champ. Poverty, hard work, the Baptist Church, and Jim Crow made up the rhythm of his young life, but he was an independent man and expectant father by the age of fifteen. Forgive me and I'll forgive you. Which Is understandable when you know everything Muhammad said To and about Joe.
Joe Frazier keeps you entertained the entire time. All in all, an easy and interesting read about a great boxer who surely got a bit of a bum rap! About what kind of daddy he was and how he stands it all. This updated edition includes tributes to Joe written by the Frazier family, as well as a new afterword. Frazier Talks about how he always knew boxing would be his future. Despite his success you will find out about his humble beginnings in the deep south where racist attitudes where prominent. It may of been just to hype up a fight but it clearly wasnt to Joes liking and Ali should have apologised to Joe and not Marvin Frazier.
His good-hearted nature and uncanny ability to make you laugh come through as he weaves this story in his colorful style that is personable, funny and a real delight. In this 200 page book, at least 50 pages and two complete chapters are dedicated in detail about the relationship between him and Ali. Ali had scapegoated him at times but who had he not done that to. From 1970 to 1973 he reigned, and with his career record of 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts and an Olympic gold medal, Frazier leaves little question that he is one of the greatest fighters of all time. Joe Frazier was king as the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Well-known, l When boxing was bold, bright and glamorous and the fights were the hottest sporting events of the year, Joe Frazier was king as the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Still, It might have been easier for Frazier to lionize Ali along with everyone else, but he does the unpopular thing and spills his true feelings, which amount to what is probably one of the most negative and critical interpretations of Ali on record. I enjoyed the book I dont think you can blame Frazier for being bitter about the way Ali spoke about Frazier in the media in the build up to the fights. Shipping to: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay. His rivalry with Ali will likely forever stand as the greatest in boxing, perhaps in sports. Joe doesn't pull any punches here, and his anger and disdain for Muhammad Ali is straight forward and sometimes seems somewhat extreme, but Joe makes a great case for his side of the story. Frazier has been accused of sour grapes and holding a grudge, but such is the stuff of the hungry fighter, and Frazier was nothing if not a quintessential and authentic pugilist.
It really was a great thing to read. This time Mathis was not able to dance his way to victory over three rounds. During his twenty-one year career, he earned an Olympic gold medal in 1964 and was named World Heavyweight Champion in 1970. In this book, Frazier goes into astonishing details about his recollections which made me feel as if he were here next to me talking to me himself. With a career record of 32-4-1 with twenty-seven knockouts and an Olympic gold medal, Frazier leaves little question that he was one of the greatest fighters of all time.
From 1970 to 1973 he reigned. Joe is one of the all time greats and was one of only a few heavyweights able to dominate an era full of talent in the heavyweight division. You can tell he is passionate about boxing and has a lot of respect for all things associated with the sport. Personable, good-natured, and funny, Fraziers story is a real delight. Call us at 1-855-876-6195 or. This was ludicrous, of course, because Frazier grew up picking cotton in what could only be described as abject poverty. It is written as if joe is having a casual conversation with you which makes his story more compelling as you read it.
He beat Joe Bugner in his next fight, but dropped a 12-round decision to Ali in their rematch in Jan. However, if you happen to be a more casual heavyweight boxing fan this book still has plenty of appeal. He turned pro under the guidance of Yank Durham in 1965 and ran off 11 straight wins until he ran into tough guy Oscar Bonavena, in September 1966. His dedication and attitude to life is inspiring. But in the summer of 1970, former champ Ali was granted a license to fight and the demand quickly grew for a showdown between the former undefeated champ and the reigning king.
But I learned in this book that Joe Frazier is a deeper person than most give him credit for. He speaks of his young childhood, growing up in the South on a farm with his large family. His father was his hero and the two shared many adventures. Packed with stories that no one outside his family knows such as the reason he was not drafted for Vietnam, his role in Ali's reinstatement, his biggest fear , Smokin' Joe will finally answer all the questions his fans have been wondering about -- his thoughts on George Foreman, Don King and Mike Tyson among others , his training regimen and fight strategies, and much, much more -- thereby telling the tale of what it takes to be a champion and a legend. I had no idea that Oscar Bonavena was shot to death in Reno because of his affair with a woman who's husband owned a brothel in Reno. In history Ali will always be Affirmed to Joe's Alydar, The Harlem Globetrotters to Joe's Washington Generals. His mother raised him on a nourishing diet of fish, cornbread, and homegrown vegetables.
Entertaining and informative biography of the great former heavyweight champion. The book also connects Joe's past to his present and gives you clarity on how he developed as a man. He is very inspirational in how he explains how he rose to the top from his poor upbringing, though poor only in terms of money, not pride, committment to his family, or belief in himself: areas about himself that were a wealth of possibilities as long as someone believed in him. It may have helped to make Frazier less bitter about the situation. I just don't want no more problems.