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The Day Philly Went Up In Smoke

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The Day Philly Went Up In Smoke

Smokin' Joe Frazier,
A champion in my book;
Known for a patented wallop,
The Philadelphia left hook!

He never had the beauty,
Of a Muhammad Ali;
Frazier hit like a mammoth,
While Ali stung like a bee!

Bobbin' and weavin',
From side to side;
He never stopped punchin',
'Til the day he died!

Many years ago,
When I was just a kid;
The Fight Of The Century,
I remember what he did!

Ali was quick and flashy,
Adoring the role of a clown;
It was there in the fifteenth,
When Frazier knocked him down!

The two would meet again,
And another soon after;
A rivalry long enduring,
One of boxing's greatest chapters!

Sportin' those colorful trunks,
Way below the knees;
Folks all got their money's worth,
He was guaranteed to please!

Those aren't clouds in Philly,
They're raging puffs of smoke;
Make way for the locomotive,
That left hook ain't no joke!

Goodbye for now Joe Frazier,
You'll be sorely missed;
Boxing's lost its glory,
Real men fought with their fists!



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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 6:54:00 PM
    The Ali-Frazier era was boxing's greatest era, bar none. Good for a re-read.

    Toran Avatar Milton Toran
    Date: 7/23/2013 7:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Vince!
  1. Date: 7/23/2013 6:56:00 AM
    I just love it, hard hitting like Joe with the verbosity of Ali!

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 3:34:00 PM
    I was an ALI fan. Funny, but being military, I had a dislike for Clay (Ali), but after he stood up for what he believed in and they stripped him of the crown, I became a die hard fan. Sometimes I wonder if he, Joe Frazier and George Foreman had a thing going to put the matches on the map. They were glory days for boxing.

    Toran Avatar Milton Toran
    Date: 1/17/2013 5:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Vince! I too and still am an Ali fan. However, I loved Frazier's "no nonsense" approach he brought to the ring. Sometimes Ali would frustrate me because he'd clown around too much. Boxing this day and age is a joke! Thanks for the review! Milt
  1. Date: 2/28/2012 8:08:00 PM
    Milt, how can i thank you for this wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. i was a kid in that era also. an era that will never be forgotten or retold. we lived in glory days without even knowing it. but here's to Smokin Joe the ultimate nemisis.

    loving iii Avatar john loving iii
    Date: 2/28/2012 8:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    we waited for fight like we waited for christmas.