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Joe Frazier left it all on the canvas

He made the Garden a mecca of boxing in the '70s -- and now he's gone, like smoke

Updated: November 9, 2011, 9:21 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Smokin' Joe Frazier became a fighter in Philadelphia and a legend in New York.

He did it on one magical night: March 8, 1971, when Frazier turned in what was arguably the greatest athletic performance ever seen under the gaudy ceiling of Madison Square Garden 4.0, and what was among the top five performances ever by a heavyweight champion in the history of our oldest and most demanding sport.

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