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Joe Frazier

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Joe Frazier is a living legend. Winning the Olympic Gold Medal as a Heavyweight boxer, victorious as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, to defeating Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier is an image synonymous with hard work, dedication, and durability. His boxing record (32-4-1, 27KO's) showed his ability to deliver in the ring. His credibility with all segments of society enables him to deliver in the marketplace. There is only one Joe Frazier. He has one of the most recognized and respected names in the world.

Whether Joe is attending a NASCAR event, or a charity affair or simply walking down a street in any city in the United States he draws crowds. His popularity extends to all of Europe (Western as well as Eastern, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia), it simply doesn't matter. Joe without any effort on his part draws crowds as he can do for your clients. Joe's charisma, his love for his fans and his reputation for accessibility has created an "approachable" aura around him that resonates well with corporate clients and employees. "Schmoozing with the Champ" has proven to be one of the most valuable tactics a company can use to enhance trade shows, strengthen publicity events, impress VIPs and much more.

This "southern charm" still is a strong appeal to the public no matter what the demographic sector. Tie it in with photographs, autographs and Frazier memorabilia and you have a winning formula to stimulate growth, attention and excitement about your firm, its representatives and your products and services.

Joe, although now 61, is still on a fast track, high intensity exposure strategy that has discussions going on with TV networks for a weekly reality show, top Hollywood talent for a movie, Fox Sports for one of their "Beyond the Glory" TV specials, plus ongoing activities with Madison Square Garden. Recently he was featured on the front cover of the New York Post, was highlighted in Time magazine, shown on the pages of the NY Daily News, was on the Howard Stern show, interviewed by Smithsonian magazine and Russia's largest sports publication and this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what will be happening in the near future.

Joe Frazier is a country boy who lived by the old country adage that: "when you go to the big party, you dance with the one who brung ya." In Frazier's case it was a left hook. But to classify Frazier, as merely a "left hooker" would be like saying Marilyn Monroe was a blonde.

The son of a South Carolina sharecropper, he became a boxer by accident. He first went to a gym to work himself into shape. Shortly after, he began fighting competitively and became one of the best amateur heavyweights in the nation. He didn't lose until he ran into Buster Mathis, who decisioned him in the 1964 Olympic trials. But, Mathis suffered a hand injury and Frazier replaced him at the Summer Games in Tokyo and came home with a gold medal.

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. The Argentine dropped Frazier twice in one round, but "Smokin" Joe came off the deck showing the Madison Square Garden crowd the heart and character that would mark his career to win a 10-round unanimous decision.

After Bonavena, Frazier knocked out contenders Doug Jones (KO 5), George Chuvalo (TKO 4) and closed out the 67 campaign with a 19-0 career record.

With Muhammad Ali's exile from the sport, the heavyweight division was in disarray. While the WBA held an elimination tournament, Frazier was matched with his nemesis from his amateur days, Buster Mathis, for the New York State world title on March 4, 1968 at the Garden.

This time Mathis was not able to dance his way to victory over three rounds. A relentless Frazier wore down the bigger, heavier man, and stopped in the 11th round. From 1968-70, Frazier made six defenses, including a fifth-round TKO of WBA champ Jimmy Ellis in a unification fight. But in the summer of 1970, former champ Ali was granted a license (with Frazier's support) to fight and the demand quickly grew for a showdown between the former undefeated champ and the reigning king.

In fall of 1970, Ali knocked out top contenders Jerry Quarry and Bonavena, setting the stage for the most anticipated heavyweight title fight since the Louis-Conn rematch of 1946.

Each fighter was paid the then unheard of purse of $2.5 million. The build up to the fight was unparalleled in boxing history; transcending the sport and the sporting world. On March 8, 1971, before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden, the two waged one of the greatest heavyweight battles ever. In the 15th round, Frazier landed perhaps the most famous left hook in history, catching Ali on the jaw and dropping the former champ for a four-count. At the end of 15 grueling rounds, Frazier got the nod from all three judges and left the ring as the undisputed champ.

Frazier didn't fight again the rest of the year. In 1972, he defended against two journeymen. His reign as champion ended in January of 1973, against George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica. Foreman dropped Frazier six times before the fight was stopped in Round 2. He beat Joe Bugner in his next fight, but dropped a 12-round decision to Ali in their rematch in Jan. 1974. He got back on the winning track to set the stage for a rubbermatch with Ali, who had since lifted the title from Foreman.

In Quezon City, just outside the Philippines capital of Manila, the two aging warriors dueled for 14 rounds in a bout Ali billed "The Thrilla in Manila". Ali took the early rounds, before Frazier found his rhythm in the middle frames and attached the champ's body with both hands. But Ali turned the tide for good in the 10th and won the next four rounds. By the end of the 14th both fighters were exhausted, but Frazier's eyes were nearly swollen shut, and his corner stopped the bout. Later, Ali said, "It was the closest I've ever come to death".

Joe Frazier lives in Philadelphia working closely with his son Marvis, a former heavyweight contender (and superb motivational speaker) in a variety of business and community projects. Joe Frazier is an excellent choice when you want to bring excitement to your event. Consider a unique Father/Son approach and you can more than double your pleasure and that of your clients. Speech Topics

* What It Takes to Be A Champion

* The Marketplace is a Boxing Ring

* Attitude, Training & Perseverance

* Ethics: There is No Right Way to Do Wrong,

There is No Wrong Way to Do Right

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