Boxing legend Joe Frazier died Nov. 7 of liver cancer at age 67. TSD asked local boxing legend Dave Tiberi for his thoughts and recollections of The Champ.
There is no doubt that Joe Frazier was a “Peoples Champion.”
I was always impressed with the response I received when I asked the Champ to visit Delaware for different events going on. I asked him a few years ago to be the main attraction for an event that I put on called “ The Night Of Champions.” The Champ was a big hit that evening. He spent the evening shaking hands and taking pictures with everyone.
Just 5 months ago at the Fraim’s boys and girls club in Elsmere the Champ spoke to approximately 100 young people about life and how important it is to obey your parents. After the speech the Champ signed autographs for each kid and adult. The special part about the autograph signing was the fact that he took the time before each signing and asked each person’s name.
The most recent visit was a meeting that we had at Congressman John Carney’s office to discuss a National Boxing bill to improve the sport of boxing and make it safer for the boxers. I sat there with the Congressman and his staff and saw the looks on their face as the Champ spoke. I then realized that the Lord was able to use a boxing ring in Joe Frazier’s life to bring happiness to so many people and the important thing was that he was a willing vessel.