Subject: Smokin' Joe
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Tues Jan 12, 1999 at 11:22AM

It was a day in nineteen and seventy five

When Smokin' Joe and Ali had their third jive
The very first time The Greatest had met for three
Always before, he'd called it quits after two, see ...

But Smokin' Joe had taken him out in fifteen rounds the first time
And at the return match in seventy four neither were at their prime
So they put together this third bout to be fought in the Philippines
Dubbing it "The Thriller in Manila" with a six mil purse - quite fine

And even though they went fourteen this time around
The Greatest would never again be quite as sound
For Smokin' Joe Frazier whipped him pretty bad ...
Even tho Ali was given a TKO ... it was quite sad ...

For The Greatest had finally met his match between the ropes
Smokin' Joe Frazier was his name, and had been the great hope
But that one fight really finished the two of them on that day ...
And boxing would never ever be quite the same - forever dazed

For the one sport that'd spawned the career of so many lights
Now attracted so many critics who looked down on the fights
And although one or two have risen out of the sawdust since
Smokin' Joe Frazier will always be considered Boxing's prince

Happy 55th Birthday, Smokin' Joe ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
11:05am Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 1999