R.I.P. Smokin’ Joe Frazier

One of the true boxing legends passed away yesterday. Joe Frazier was a great fighter and a class act.

– Every boxing fans should watch the documentary Thrilla in Manilla. You’ll see Frazier’s class along with how despicable Ali was in his racist taunts against Frazier. It’s no wonder Frazier hated Ali’s guts until he recently said he forgave him.

– Bill Simmons addresses the Thrilla in Manilla.

– Ray Ratto discusses Ali and Frazier.

– Bullz-Eye.com interviewed Joe Frazier two years ago and he discussed Muhammad Ali, George Forman and Mike Tyson.

– Dan Rafael looks back on Frazier’s career.

– Frazier was a true winner.

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“Everything You Think You Know About Mike Tyson is Wrong”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Boxer Mike Tyson and wife Lakhia Spicer arrive at Spike TV's 4th Annual 'Guys Choice Awards' held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

That’s the title of the Details interview with the man, the myth, the enigma that is Mike Tyson.

Here’s the first question:

Details: Twenty years ago, you were one of the most famous men on the planet. Is there a big plan for Act 2?

Mike Tyson: The first stage of my life was just a whole bunch of selfishness. Just a whole bunch of gifts to myself and people who didn’t necessarily deserve it. Now I’m 44, and I realize that my whole life is just a fucking waste. “Greatest man on the planet”? I wasn’t half the man I thought I was. So if there’s a big plan now, it’s just to give—it’s selflessness, caring for the people who deserve it. Because I think I’m a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, “This is a pig. You are a fucking piece of shit.”

That’s quite a start. Read the rest of the interview here.

Tea with Tyson [video]

This clip is oddly zen-like. Mike Tyson is one of the world’s most fascinating individuals.

Blogging the Bloggers: LeBron’s faux pas, Tyson review and more

– Over at YARDBARKER, Brendan Haywood calls out LeBron for failing to shake hands or do interviews after losing Game 6 in Orlando.

THE LEGEND OF CICILIO GUANTE lists the Top 10 Sports Quotes to Use While Watching Sports.

SPORTSbyBROOKS has photos of a pregnant Royals fan drinking a little brew at the game. So sad. The site also finds it funny that Jay Mariotti lectured LeBron on good sportsmanship.

THE LOVE OF SPORTS reviews “Tyson” (the movie).

Tyson’s daughter critically injured in home accident

Mike Tyson’s 4-year old daughter Exodus is in critical condition after she was found hanging from the cord of a treadmill at her home in Phoenix.

The 4-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson was critically injured on Monday in what police said was a tragic accident at home. According to Fox News, Exodus Tyson was found by her 7-year-old brother hanging from the cord of a treadmill. At press time was reported to be in “extremely” critical condition and on life support at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The toddler was reportedly playing near the exercise equipment in the family’s Phoenix home while her mother was elsewhere in the house cleaning on Monday morning. When her mother sent the boy to look for Exodus, he found her tangled in the cord. He alerted the mother, who immediately called 911 and began performing CPR.

“Somehow the little girl got something caught across her throat, she became unresponsive, the boy went and got the mother, and the mother came out and found the child,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill told the Phoenix Fox affiliate.

Tyson, who has been promoting a documentary about his life for the past month, “Tyson,” was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and reportedly flew home immediately upon receiving word of it.

Police are calling the mishap a “tragic accident.” A police spokesperson told Fox News that there was “nothing in the investigation that revealed anything suspicious.”

I’m not a parent, so I can only imagine how kids can get into things when you think you’ve placed them in a safe environment. (Or disappear when you turn your back to do something else.)

I’m sure it was an accident and this is an incredibly sad situation. Hopefully young Exodus can recover.

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