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Frazier remembered at funeral

2011-11-15 11:47
Joe Frazier (File)
Philadelphia -Joe Frazier was remembered Monday at a funeral service not only as a superb heavyweight champion but also as a hardworking ambassador for the sport of boxing.

Longtime rival Muhammad Ali, former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and promoter Don King were among those to pay respects at the private funeral on Monday. The 67-year-old former undisputed heavyweight champion died last week after a short battle with liver cancer.

Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke highly of Frazier, asking mourners to stand and "show your love" for the man known in boxing circles as Smokin' Joe.

For the only time in the more than two-hour service, Jackson's speech caused Ali to rise and join the others in clapping for his fallen rival. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984.

Wearing a dark suit and glasses, Ali had to be helped getting in and out of the Baptist church.

Another former boxing rival and ex-champion George Foreman couldn't make it to the funeral but said he would help pay for some of the costs.

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