Pray for, or send positive vibes to, Smokin Joe Frazier

Joe and Marvis Frazier at Frazier's North Philly gym, 2009

Joe and Marvis Frazier at Frazier's North Philly gym, 2009

Having written about Joe Frazier several times in recent years, it saddens me to report that his business manager and friend Les Wolff just confirmed reports that Joe is critically ill with liver cancer. It’s at an advanced stage. It doesn’t look good for the former heavyweight champion of the world.

Les said he’s getting an overwhelming number of calls from concerned friends and supporters. We’ll catch up later this afternoon, but in the meantime, he asks for prayers and support.

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26 comments for “Pray for, or send positive vibes to, Smokin Joe Frazier

  1. Suzanne Lessner
    November 5, 2011 at 15:49

    My thoughts go out to Joe and The Frazier family at this difficult time..One of the greats that came from our city..

  2. November 5, 2011 at 16:08

    While waiting for today’s card’s two main fights I want to one again say that my thoughts and prayers are with Joe Frazier and his family.

  3. Sally Rose
    November 5, 2011 at 16:12

    Thank you for the bravery, courage and class you exemplified throughout the years. God Bless you and your family. Philly loves you!

  4. joe bascio
    November 5, 2011 at 16:30

    what a great fighter. in the most historis fight, two undefeated champions get together and not only did joe beat him, knocked him on his ass.

  5. David
    November 5, 2011 at 16:49

    May GOD bless you Joe and thank you for being a man of class and dignity. You’re a true hero and a real inspiration. To the family, words can’t express how much my heart goes out to you all. Stay strong and GOD Bless you.

  6. Bobby Knight
    November 5, 2011 at 20:14

    My prayers for Joe and the entire Frazier family.

  7. Pat L.
    November 5, 2011 at 20:44

    Prayers for one of the all time greats.

  8. LL
    November 5, 2011 at 23:18

    Sending all the best wishes and prayers to you, Joe, and your family. Thank you for being an awesome champ 🙂

  9. Almon
    November 6, 2011 at 02:24

    My prayers are for you and your family tonight. Thank you for being such a great champion.

  10. MJ
    November 6, 2011 at 10:07

    I met you a few times. You let me try on your championship ring. You were always the perfect gentlemen.
    You are in my prayers.

  11. fluff
    November 6, 2011 at 11:28

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Joe and his family and friends… what a great guy and so good to the City of Philadelphia…

  12. IMG
    November 6, 2011 at 11:57

    Amen. It’s been a privilege, champ.

  13. Joe O'Brien
    November 6, 2011 at 17:43

    Our son Dennis was a boxer and a teacher. He idolized Joe Frazier for his boxing ability and his wonderful character. We lost our son recently so I am writing this tribute for him. Dennis tried to emulate Joe’s concern for underprivileged children and became a Special Education teacher to help them improve. If he were alive he would say, “Hang in there, Champ. We love you.”

  14. Joe O'Brien
    November 6, 2011 at 17:59

    Our prayers are with you, Champ.

  15. Rich Herschlag
    November 7, 2011 at 03:06

    Wishing you strength, Joe, which you’ve always had in great supply. You are a class act.

  16. Betty Mize
    November 7, 2011 at 11:43

    I know it’s hard on the family to see joe so ill. My prayers are with them. Marvis,I know how close you and your dad are. He has told me what a good son you are. If you need to talk you know I’ll be here for you. God be with you.

    Betty Mize

  17. November 7, 2011 at 12:52

    I was proud to work with Smoke in the 90’s, representing him on various live events/shows. Not only is he the best heavy-weight champ ever, he is a good, loving, caring man with a fantastic sense of humor. Smoke always went the extra mile in all of our promotions; shaking every hand and signing autographs till the last fan. Always a pro! It is an honor to know him. GOD BLESS SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER!
    Stephen Plym
    West Des Moines, Iowa

  18. Ronald Upton
    November 7, 2011 at 14:36

    I love boxing, and anybody that does has to love Smokin’ Joe. He had the biggest heart I ever saw in a man, both in and out of the ring. I hope God finds a special place for him.

  19. Cordell
    November 7, 2011 at 16:03

    Much blessing to you and yours Smoking joe this is the time your fight needs to be the strongest God bless you.

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  21. Linda D
    November 7, 2011 at 18:18

    Being a female I did not like boxing…UNTIL Smokin Joe and Ali came along. What class Joe demonstrated! What moves – just straight ahead. I had the thrill to meet him in person at Morehouse College and he was so nice to pose for a picture with Michael Sphinx – I have treasured it ever since, Joe, as ever, with a big smile, and a “No. 1”. He was there and Ali was on the program!

    God bless – and grant you comfort. May the Frazier family find strength in the fact that people they do not even know are pulling for Joe & saying, Thanks for the memories! Boxing is NOTHING like it used to be.

    November 7, 2011 at 18:19

    Joe was a great warrior with a big heart. Ali I know will be saddened as we all are to hear he is unwell. This is his greatest ever fight I hope and pray that he can win. People like Joe give us the strength to carry on even when the odds are against us. God bless you

  23. Lance J Simons
    November 8, 2011 at 04:04

    Well, i read about this today ,after watching tommy morrison fight’s well ali was on here then it had stuff about joe frazier and well reading stuff or opions that he had passed today was crazy . Well hard to tell but if so i hope joe is in a happier place and god speed.

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