Monday, January 12, 2015

Oldschool Training: Joe Frazier

Smokin' Joe Frazier would’ve been 71 today. He passed away 3 yrs ago. 

Joe Frazier was known for his devastating left hook.  Here’s a video showcasing his famous left hook.

I posted this in honor of his birthday:

In that piece, is some oldschool training by the Champ, which I've extracted to highlight it here.

What was his “secret” to his left hook and his boxing? Perhaps it was this …

When I was born, people came to the house and gathered round to see if I was missin' an arm. See, my dad was missin' his left hand and part of his left forearm. And those people didn't realize that my dad's missin' arm didn't have nothing to do with genes. I never asked him what happened. Don't know what exactly. But the story I heard was that another man tried to kill him in an argument over a woman.

You could say that was the root of my left hook. When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad. He'd use his right hand, so I'd have to use my left.

I got a burlap sack, put a brick in the middle, and filled it with rags, corncobs, some Spanish moss, and sand. I hung that sack off the branch of an oak tree. I'd wrap my hands with a necktie of my daddy's and punch at it. My mom gave me an hour a day. My brothers and sisters said, "Nah." I said, "You'll see."


Esquire Magazine
January 2004
What I’ve Learned:  Joe Frazier

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