Joe Frazier was a professional boxing player and an actor from the United States of America. In 1964, he won a gold medal from Games of the XVIII Olympiad (Summer Olympics) which was in Tokyo, Japan. Joe appeared in the animated sitcom, The Simpsons. He also appeared in the famous sport-documentary that was released in 2008, Thriller in Manila.
Joseph William Frazier was born on January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina. His parents, Rubin Frazier and Dolly Frazier were sharecroppers. Joe Frazier dropped out of school when he was very young. His brother, Tommy Frazier was living in New York City and Joe needed a job, so he moved to New York City to live with Tommy but it was very difficult to find a job at that period. Rumors say that Joe started stealing cars back then because he needed money. Joe was really on his own when he was like 15 years old.
In 1963, Joe Frazier married Florence Smith. They were the parents of 2 sons and 1 daughter, Joe Frazier Jr., Marvis Frazier both of them are professional boxing players, and their daughter, Jackie Frazier-Lyde is now a lawyer. In 1985, Joe and Florence got divorced.
November 7th 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, liver cancer was the reason behind Joe Frazier death (67 years old). He was buried on November 14, 2011, in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia.
Prior to boxing, Joe worked at a Coca-Cola plant and in buildings. For boxing, in his youth days, he won the Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championships 3 times, he also won the 1964 Summer Olympics which was in Tokyo. In 1970, Joe won the World Championship against Jimmy Ellis. In 1971, a first fight ever between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali was called The Fight of the Century, and unanimous decision said that Joe won 15 rounds.
In 1974, a second fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali was held in New York City, and unanimous decision said that Muhammad Ali won 12 rounds. A year later, 1975, there was a rematch between Joe and Jimmy Ellis in Australia and Joe won 9 rounds. The final fight between Joe and Muhammad was in 1975, Philippines, Joe’s trainer Eddie Futch, stopped the match because Joe had one closed eye and the other eyes was almost closed too, it was a close to death fight.
After some time, Joe wanted to become a trainer. He trained his son Marvis Frazier and his daughter, Jackie Frazier-Lyde when she was a boxing player back then. Joe also was a special referee in 1984 in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match. He also appeared in the Fight Night EA Sports games series.
How much is Joe Frazier Net Worth
Joe Frazier was a very successful boxing player that had many winnings in his pocket. One of the fights between Joe and Muhammad Ali got each of them $2.5 million US dollars. Joe also worked in films including, the horror-comedy film Ghost Fever, the romance-comedy film Just the Ticket, and 2 sport-documentaries Thriller in Manila and Champions Forever: The Definitive Edition. He also owned a boxing gym in Philadelphia. Joe Frazier had a net worth of $100 thousand US dollars.
Joe Frazier early days were tough because his parents didn’t have much money, but he managed himself and worked very hard until he became one of the top boxing players in the world boxing history. Joe was a world championship winner.