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Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier dies after fight with cancer

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Joe Frazier, six-foot, 186-pound Philadelphia Olympic champion boxer, poses in his hospital bed in Philadelphia on Oct. 30, 1964 after he underwent surgey on his injured left hand. Frazier broke his hand in a semi-final fight in Tokyo hut went on to to win the gold medal despite the injury.

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Joe Frazier looks over the crumpling Jimmy Ellis, on canvas, after tagging him and dropping him for the second time in the fourth round of their title bout in New York City on February 16, 1970. Referee Tony Perez sent Frazier to a neutral corner and picked up the count. Frazier won when Ellis didn't come out for the fifth round.

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Former heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali appears outside present champ Joe Frazier's gym in Philadelphia on Jan. 28, 1971. The two were preparing for a bout at New York's Madison Square Garden in March 1971.

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Muhammad Ali. right, takes a left from Joe Frazier during the 15th round of their heavyweight title boxing bout in New York on March 8, 1971. Frazier won a unanimous decision.

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Heavyweight champion Joe Frazier stops to shake hands with an elderly patient as he leaves St. Luke's Hospital in Philadelphia after a 12-day stay, March 27, 1971. Frazier entered the hospital following a successful defense of his title, after being diagnosed with fatigue and high blood pressure.

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Joe Frazier, the former Heavyweight Champion of the World poses for a portrait at his boxing gym on March 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Joe Frazier gets off in his customary smoking style and fires sweeping left hook as Muhammad Ali gets up right to fend off blow, March 8, 1971.

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Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, died Monday night after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67. Read the full story.