“Smokin” Joe Frazier is fighting for his life.
The 67-year-old former undisputed heavyweight champion has liver cancer and is under hospice care in Philadelphia, according to The Associated Press.
Frazier was diagnosed four or five weeks ago, according to his personal and business manager, Leslie Wolff, who told the AP on Saturday that doctors have not yet told Frazier how long he has to live.
“We have medical experts looking into the all the options that are out there,” said Wolff. “There are very few. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop looking.”
Wolff, who has been Frazier’s manager for seven years, said the boxer had been in out of the hospital since early October and receiving hospice treatment the last week.
“We appreciate every prayer we can get,” said Wolff. “I’ve got everybody praying for him. We”ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope for a miracle.”
Frazier’s illness was first reported by the New York Post, citing an unidentified source.
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