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“F” is for Frazier, Joseph William (1944-2011)

“F” is for Frazier, Joseph William (1944-2011). Boxer. A native of Beaufort, Frazier move to Philadelphia to live with relatives and work in a meat slaughterhouse. In 1961, working out in a Police Athletic League gym, he took up boxing and by 1964 had won the Middle Atlantic Golden Gloves heavyweight titles three years in a row. He also won the gold medal in the Olympics that year. Frazier then turned professional. In 1969 he won the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight championship title. After a successful defense, Frazier faced Mohammed Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century” at New York’s Madison Square Garden—a fifteen-round decision that Frazier won. When he finally retired from the ring, his career record was 34-4-1, including twenty-seven knockouts. Joseph William Frazier was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.