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November 8th, 2011 8:02am EST

Joe Frazier Boxing great Joe Frazier has died after losing a final fight against liver cancer.

The former heavyweight champion, who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat in the ring, died on Monday night. He was 67. Frazier, nicknamed Smokin' Joe, was diagnosed with cancer last month and he has been receiving treatment at a hospice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since Halloween.

He famously beat Ali in a 1971 boxing match considered by fight purists as the Fight of the Century. Frazier fought Ali in two more epics, including the 'Thrilla in Manila' grudge match in 1975, but he lost both.

He started fighting in 1965 and ended his career in 1981 with a fight against Jumbo Cummings. His record was 32 wins, four losses and a draw. Frazier's wins included 27 knock outs.

As well as Ali, he fought George Foreman twice, Joe Bugner and Oscar Bonavena twice.

Joe Frazier

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