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Frazier So Much More Than Just Ali's Foil

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No matter what Joe Frazier did during his great boxing career, and for decades after it was over, he was always known mostly for one thing: being the B-side to Muhammad Ali, with whom he shared the most famous trilogy in boxing history.

In the past 40 years, not a day went by that "Smokin' Joe" wasn't reminded of, asked about or talked about Ali and their three fights.

But Frazier, who personified the term "Philadelphia fighter" with his big heart, action style and indomitable spirit, was much more than just the other guy in the famed series of heavyweight fights. He was a great fighter in his own right, a former heavyweight champion of the world, a 1964 Olympic gold medalist and a worthy member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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