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Smokin' Joe captures Olympic title

Updated: November 7, 2011, 11:54 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 23, 1964

Joe Frazier got into the Olympics on a busted knuckle. The knuckle belonged to 293-pound Buster Mathis, America's No. 1 Olympic heavyweight, and Frazier was a last-minute substitute.

The 6-foot, 195-pound butcher's apprentice from Philadelphia tore into his first three opponents and demolished them. The only American fighter to reach the finals, he has a tougher time tonight against 30-year-old German bus driver Hans Huber in the Korakuen Ice Palace in ...

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