New Jerseyans reflect on passing of Joe Frazier

BAYONNE - "Smokin" Joe Frazier, who died of cancer yesterday, is being remembered as a giant of the sports world.

New Jersey's own Chuck Wepner, also known as the "Bayonne Bleeder," counted Frazier as a colleague and friend. He says that Frazier had tremendous aggressiveness and stamina and had one of the greatest hooks he had ever seen.

Wepner says it breaks his heart to see Frazier pass away like he did.

Frazier's bouts against Muhammad Ali include their first fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971 where Frazier beat Ali in 15 rounds. Their last bout was the famous "Thrilla in Manilla," where Frazier and Ali fought for 14 rounds in 1975. Frazier's trainer then decided he wouldn't let Frazier start the 15th round.

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