Joe Frazier competes in weight lifting contest

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  1. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

    Mar 17, 2010
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  2. Combatesdeboxeo_

    Combatesdeboxeo_ Well-Known Member banned Full Member

    Nov 19, 2016
    It was the superstars show and it was about different proofs .frazier could not swim and the people laughed
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  3. VG_Addict

    VG_Addict Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Well, Frazier lived during the time of segregated swimming pools.
  4. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    In fairness he goes about the last lift all wrong. If he didn't he might have made it.
  5. juppity

    juppity Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    In all fairness to Joe his left arm was bent after he broke it on a plantation
    as a kid . He could never straighten his left arm again as it healed
    without a cast. Boxing involves functional strength and in the ring he
    bullied Chuvalo and Norton in sparring both who would have outlifted
    Joe in the gym comfortably .
  6. AlFrancis

    AlFrancis Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    We had this show in Britain back in the day. John Conteh was a good all rounder and did well on it.
  7. AlFrancis

    AlFrancis Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Look at Conteh here at 12 minutes. John H Stracey was in this as well.
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  8. Birmingham

    Birmingham Boxing Junkie banned Full Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Surprised how small Joe looked there. The fella he was up against done them lifts piece of **** too, he could've done 180 190
  9. Birmingham

    Birmingham Boxing Junkie banned Full Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Conteh lifted 50lb heavier than Frazier and was more than 2 stone lighter. Definitely not Joe's forte lifting
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  10. janitor

    janitor VIP Member Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Some great fighters are also great athletes, and some are not.

    I guess that Frazier just wasn't.
  11. steve21

    steve21 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2015
    With the exception of Seagren, they all had pretty terrible technique; you can tell that, back in the early 70s, weight lifting hadn't quite made it into training regimes of many athletes outside of track and field. Frazier had brute strength in his favor, but after a certain point you need more than strength. Interesting that 170 lbs won it that year; three years later, Brian Oldfield (again, track and field athlete) put up 310. A higher level of competition, and a sign that weights were getting greater acceptance in sports training.
  12. Skins

    Skins Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Not one of Joe's finest moments:yikes:
  13. Longhhorn71

    Longhhorn71 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Frazier's body fat was something like 1%. He went straight to the bottom of the pool.
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  14. JWSoats

    JWSoats Active Member Full Member

    Apr 26, 2011
    I really felt for Joe during that Superstars competition. Just a few short weeks earlier he had been the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion with an aura of invincibility. He lost the title in such a devastating way to George Foreman and now he's not doing so well against these other athletes.

    In fairness to Joe, he is really out of his element in many of these events. Weightlifting is as much technique as it is strength, and Joe was doing it on raw strength alone. His feet were in a boxing position and as mentioned above, he could not straighten his left arm, a recipe for disaster in lifting. It seemed clear that he had not done much lifting previously and for a novice what he did was more than respectable. It wasn't shown in this video clip, but he also come in last in the 100 yard dash, and it looked like his time was 11 seconds. Now in my high school gym class if anyone did it in 11 seconds that would have been considered very good. But these were pro athletes, he was Joe Frazier, and he came in last. It's always been a mystery to me why he took part in the Superstars competition at all, as this had to be a real downer for him. Still, it demonstrated his heart and gameness, as well as the fact that he was a mortal human being. To my knowledge neither Ali nor Foreman participated in the Superstars at any time and I've often wondered how they might have done if they had.
  15. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Never wrestle with pigs or argue with fools Full Member

    Jan 30, 2014
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