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Alex Maskey praise for the late Smokin’ Joe Frazier

8 November, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey, paying tribute to his friend, said he was deeply saddened to learn of the death of former world heavyweight boxing champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

 Alex Maskey said:

“When I was Mayor of Belfast in 2003 I met Joe in Philadelphia and invited him to Belfast. Just a couple of months later Joe visited the city for a hectic couple of days of events.

 “Joe thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Belfast and commented that the people treated him like a current world champion. It was a fantastic treat for young boxers and old to get to meet a world boxing legend and he had time for everyone he met.

“I have already been in touch with Joe’s family to express mine and the city of Belfast’s condolences on the passing of a true boxing legend and one who has left us with many fond memories, especially of his visit here.” CRÍOCH/END

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