15 Nov 2011

Joe Frazier remembered

10:40 am on 15 November 2011

Muhammed Ali and a host of boxing greats were in attendance at the funeral of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Philadelphia.

The likes of Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson also turned out to pay their respects to Frazier, who died last week .

67 year old Frazier was the first fighter to beat Ali with whom he had three epic battles in the 1970s, the other two won by Ali.

Frazier won the Olympic gold medal in 1964 and held the world heavyweight crown from 1970 to 1973.

In a moving tribute, Reverend Jackson made a case for the city of Philadephia to honour Frazier, comparing him to a boxing film legend, portrayed in movies by Sylvester Stallone, of whom there is a statue in the city.....