Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier remained in hospice care Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia as he continued to battle for his life.
Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer a month ago and the situation was deemed serious by his manager, Leslie Wolff.
Wolff said there hasn’t been “a major change” in the former heavyweight champion’s health since Saturday.
“He’s under heavy medication, so he’s asleep most of the time,” said Wolf. “But, when he does wake up he carries on a conversation with his companion.”
Wolff spent Sunday morning disparaging a false death rumor and yielding calls from a long list of boxing greats. Along with messages from the boxing communities in England and Ireland, fellow heavyweights Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and Leon Spinks each sent their wishes for Frazier, said Wolff.
In a career that lasted almost 20 years, Frazier compiled a 32-4-1 record. He won two heavyweight titles, while facing off against the likes of Ali, George Foreman, Oscar Bonavena, and Jerry Quarry.
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