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JOE FRAZIER (1944 - )

Boxer, born in Beaufort, South Carolina, USA. At the Tokyo Olympic Games (1964) he won the gold medal in the heavyweight class and quickly turned professional. He went on to become the world heavyweight champion (1970), defeating Jimmy Ellis in New York City, and later became the first man to knock down Muhammad Ali while winning the first (1971) of their three epic fights; but he lost the title to George Foreman (1973) at Kingston, Jamaica. This was the only defeat of his professional career. He retired in 1976, and staged an unsuccessful comeback fight in 1981.