Factbox- Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 12:28 PM IST

Philadelphia: Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who earned boxing immortality with three epic battles against Muhammad Ali, died on Monday at age 67.

• Born Jan. 12, 1944, in Beaufort, South Carolina.

• Won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal for the United States in 1964 in Tokyo.

• Won the world heavyweight title in 1970 after knocking out champion Jimmy Ellis.

• Hands Muhammad Ali the first defeat of his pro career on March 8, 1971, winning a 15-round bout at New York`s Madison Square Garden billed as "The Fight of the Century."

• Lost his title in 1973 to hard-hitting George Foreman.

• Frazier loses second fight with Ali, again at Madison Square Garden, in a 12-round decision on Jan. 28, 1974.

• In one of the most famous sporting events of the 20th century, Frazier lost to Ali in a brutal encounter in the Philippines known as "The Thrilla in Manila" on a technical knockout when trainer Eddie Futch would not allow Frazier to fight the 15th round.

• Inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

• Frazier retired in 1976 before staging an unsuccessful return in 1981.

• Career record of 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts.

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