Former world heavyweight champion, boxing Hall of Famer, and all-time great legend “Smokin'” Joe Frazier passed away tonight after a battle with liver cancer. He was 67 years old. Family sources passed the news on this evening. Joe will forever be linked to Ali. But no one in boxing would ever dream of anointing Ali as The Greatest unless he, too, was linked to Smokin’ Joe.
But he bore the burden of being Ali’s foil, and he paid the price. Bitter for years about the taunts his former nemesis once threw his way, Frazier only in recent times came to terms with what happened in the past and said he had forgiven Ali for everything he said.
My prayers go out to his family.