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OTDIBH: Joe Frazier makes pro debut; KO’s Woody Goss in 1

On August 16, 1965 Smokin’ Joe Frazier made his Pro Debut a year after an impressive Gold Medal performance in the 1964 Olympics which was USA’s only Olympic boxing medal that year. Funded by a group of local businessmen, dubbed Cloverlay, Frazier was able to make the transition to professional boxing full-time.

Frazier would then go undefeated for the next 8 years, defeating heavyweight great Muhammad Ali in 1971. Frazier suffered his first loss of his professional career by way of TKO in the 2nd round to George Foreman in 1973. This loss brought Frazier to 29-1 in his professional career.

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