Muhammad Ali And Joe Frazier waged possibly the fiercest bitter rivalry ever witnessed between two fighters in the history of boxing. In their primes they were two of the very best heavyweights and their three epic battles were arguably the greatest trilogy in the history of the sport.
But on Sunday afternoon that rivalry was forever forgotten as Frazier remained in serious condition and in the care in a hospice. Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago, and his manager, Leslie Wolff, said "nothing major" had changed in his health on Sunday.
Ali was just one of the many boxing greats who sent their well-wishes.
"The news about Joe is hard to believe and even harder to accept," Ali said in a statement. "Joe is a fighter and a champion, and I am praying he is fighting now."
The famous heavyweights fought three times in the 1970s, with Ali winning the last two bouts. Their first fight was so ferocious and hard fought it was billed "The Fight of the Century",their third and last battle was billed "The Thrilla in Manila."
As of Sunday, Frazier remained under heavy medication and slept most of the day, according to Wolff.
"My family and I are keeping Joe and his family in our daily prayers," Ali added in his statement. "Joe has a lot of friends pulling for him, and I’m one of them."
November 6, 2011