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This Day in Black History: Feb. 16, 1970

This Day in Black History: Feb. 16, 1970

Boxing legend Joe Frazier named world heavyweight champion.

Published February 16, 2012

Boxing phenomenon Joe “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier became the world heavyweight champion when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis after five rounds in New York City. He would hold the title until Jan. 22, 1973, when he was bested by George Foreman in Kingston, Jamaica.


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Written by Britt Middleton


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