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Derrick Z. Jackson

Blows of disrespect unfairly pelted Frazier

Despite beating Muhammad Ali in 1971 to keep the heavyweight title, Joe Frazier lived in Ali’s shadow, enduring years of insults along the way. Despite beating Muhammad Ali in 1971 to keep the heavyweight title, Joe Frazier lived in Ali’s shadow, enduring years of insults along the way. (Associated Press/File 1971)
By Derrick Z. Jackson
Globe Columnist / November 9, 2011

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Hunching his head down like a drill bit, Joe Frazier burrowed into the chests of his opponents until all you could see were flailing arms. Compared to the taller and more lithe Muhammad Ali, Frazier was a stout, bobbing piston. No stylist was he, but with the passage of time, and now his death this week at the age of 67, Frazier’s style proved far more metaphoric of his time than he was ever given credit for.

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