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Joe Frazier


1944 Born January 12 in Beaufort, South Carolina, to Rubin and Dolly Frazier
1961 Begins training as a boxer
1962 Wins Philadelphia Golden Gloves novice heavyweight championship
1962 Wins first of three Middle Atlantic Golden Gloves heavyweight championship bouts
1963 Marries Florence Smith
1964 Wins Gold Medal in heavyweight boxing at Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan
1965 Begins professional boxing career
1968 Wins New York State heavyweight boxing title
1970 Wins World Boxing Association heavyweight boxing title
1971 Defends heavyweight title against Muhammad Ali
1973 Loses heavyweight title to George Foreman
1975 Fails to regain heavyweight title against Muhammad Ali
1976 Retires from professional boxing
1990 Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame
1996 Publishes autobiography, Smokin' Joe

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