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Mike Tyson

We Should Celebrate Joe Frazier

11/8/2011 7:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Mike Tyson
has issued a statement about the death of boxing icon Joe Frazier -- calling Joe's passing a "sad day" ... but saying we should "honor him by celebrating his accomplishments."

Tyson went to Twitter ... and wrote, "Frazier and Ali were quintessential, the apex of pedigree fighting in which each man would not give an inch until they were dead. Their era was competitive fighting at the highest level."

He added, "As a young fighter it has always been an honor to be compared to Frasier. My family and I are sending our sincerest condolences to the Joe Frazier family."

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nyc44th    

So stupid how these 'celebrities' (and regular people) play out their lives / thoughts / feelings on Twitter. I have nothing against Mike btw. I had a great deal of respect for Joe. He really did have the heart of a lion. The world would be a better place if more people had his inner strength. Of course he wasn't perfect . . no one is. A man's man, which in this day and time is hard to find.

1017 days ago
17.

Lauren     

RIP Smokin Joe Frazier... He is an American legend, and will be remember for many many years. His fights will be shown for years to come.

1017 days ago
18.

karlew    

Wait a minute you can't comare Frazier and Tyson. That would be like comparing apples and a rabid dog.

1017 days ago
19.

HRH Prince Michael    

Mike Tyson is well-known as a true student of the Sport.
Unquestionably, Mr. Frazier's relentless, short-punching, and forward-moving attack style, would be prototypical.
Extremely effective for -both- Mr. Frazier, and Mr. Tyson.

May The True and Living YAHWEH, bless the soul of
Mr. Joseph W. Frazier

1017 days ago
20.

ViableV    

Right on, Mike!

1017 days ago
21.

Ih8Taxes    

I had the honor and privilege of meeting this fine man when I was just a boy. He was very kind and always willing to talk and meet with boxing fans. He will be missed.

1017 days ago
22.

Sean    

To those saying he didn't write that; You might want to watch his do***entary. He's not as dumb as he looks.

1017 days ago
23.

Woot    

"...the apex of pedigree fighting in which each man would not give an inch until they were dead."

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You know, those words right there say a lot. Stupid "sport".

1017 days ago
24.

Adrienne     

He may have been a great boxer, but he was a sexist ******* in real life. I had the displeasure of being in his company once, and was treated like a worthless piece of meat. Can't say I'm sad to see him go.

1017 days ago
25.

Mike moody    

Growing up in Phila, Joe was an Icon. One of the greatest fighters.
He should be honored.

1017 days ago
26.

Dabid    

You taking notes Mayweather... let us know when you decide to give every inch of your life in the ring, and maybe people will respect you when your said and done. Until then, you'll simply be known as the guy who never fought Pacquiao, and not so much for the undefeated record...

1017 days ago
27.

Cella    

Who cares who wrote it - it's a sincere sentiment from one boxer paying respect to another. Geez.

1017 days ago
28.

Fantastic Four    

Frazier and Ali didn't cheat with steroids like Tyson did.

1017 days ago
29.

Buster    

Of course we are going to celebrate Joe Frazier. We are just not going to celebrate you when you die. You freaky cannibal, communist, Islam o-wierdo, woman beater.

1017 days ago
30.

Hardcharger    

No one helped Mike, though he might have referred to a dictionary...Even since Mike got off the Zoloft (and thankfully did not kill all y'all) he has been more coherent than he ever was...frankly, more coherent than Joe Frazier or Ali ever were.

1017 days ago
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