This Day in Black History: Feb. 16, 1970

Legendary boxer Joe Frazier becomes world heavyweight champion.

Posted: 02/16/2012 07:00 AM EST
Joe Frazier

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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