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The Late Great Smokin’ Joe

There are obviously no savvy fans of the sweet science at the Philadelphia Fox affiliate. Early Wednesday morning (obviously too early) the hosts of Good Day Philadelphia wished local hero and former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier a happy 73rd birthday.

It was nice of these folks to remember Smokin’ Joe, who was a great champion and a great American. (This alone would have earned him this honorific.) Anchor Karen Hepp, who perhaps had not yet had her first cup of coffee, also announced that Joe would appear with “friends and supporters at City Hall this evening to honor championship youth boxing teams and coaches.”

This is the kind of thing the public-spirited Frazier would have done. But, alas, he’s unavailable for such. The champ is in a much better place than Philadelphia, having died in 2011 at the much-too-young-age of 67, knocked out by liver cancer.

Good Day Philadelphia at least got something right. Smokin’ Joe, a true gent as well as a great fighter, should be remembered and honored.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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