Marvis Frazier

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Marvis Frazier
Statistics
Real nameMarvis Frazier
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft ½ in (1.84 m)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
NationalityUnited States United States
Born(1960-09-10) September 10, 1960 (age 52)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stanceorthodox
Boxing record
Total fights21
Wins19
Wins by KO8
Losses2
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Marvis Frazier
Statistics
Real nameMarvis Frazier
Rated atHeavyweight
Height6 ft ½ in (1.84 m)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
NationalityUnited States United States
Born(1960-09-10) September 10, 1960 (age 52)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stanceorthodox
Boxing record
Total fights21
Wins19
Wins by KO8
Losses2
Draws0
No contests0

Marvis Frazier (born September 10, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former professional boxer of the heavyweight division.

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Personal

Marvis is the son of former heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer, Joe Frazier. His sister Jackie Frazier-Lyde was also a professional boxer, as was his brother Joe Frazier, Jr. (a.k.a. Hector Frazier).

Amateur career

Marvis was a highly touted prospect and among the top-ranked amateur heavyweights. He was the 1979 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion and 1980 National AAU Heavyweight Champion. His record was 56 wins and 2 losses.

Among his best amateur wins were against future pro contender Mitch Green, and future champs Tim Witherspoon, and Bonecrusher Smith. He also decisioned amateur star Jimmy Clark. He was KOd by James Broad in the 1980 Olympic Trials finals.

Professional career

As a professional, Frazier is best remembered for two fights, unfortunately both first-round knockout losses: to champion Larry Holmes (a TKO) in 1983 and a rising Mike Tyson in 1986 (a KO). Pitted against Holmes after just ten pro bouts (all victories), Frazier's camp touted his speed and youth as significant advantages over the champion. During the first minute of the fight Frazier dropped his hands to his sides and playfully moved his head back and forth, taunting Holmes: ill-advised behavior against an experienced veteran. Just 2:06 in, Holmes floored Frazier with a long right hand, knocking him down; Marvis took an eight-count and got back up. Dazed by the blow, Frazier was a sitting target and Holmes followed up, appealing for the referee to step in as he pummelled the younger man on the ropes. Finally, the referee stopped the bout with just a few seconds left in the first round, awarding Holmes a technical knockout. Many in the sports press criticized father/trainer Joe Frazier for changing his son's style from that of a boxer (which brought Marvis success as an amateur) to a puncher, which many thought did not suit Marvis.

After his loss to Holmes, Frazier continued to fight and won his next six bouts, including victories over future world cruiserweight champion Bernard Benton, heavyweight contenders Jose Ribalta and James "Quick" Tillis, and future champion James "Bonecrusher" Smith. With the exception of a first-round knockout in his first fight after losing to Holmes, all of Frazier's fights went the full ten round distance with him winning unanimous or majority decisions in each fight.

This set up the fight with the 24-0 Tyson, which was broadcast live from the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York by ABC. Frazier quickly proved to be no match for the future champion; Tyson landed a vicious uppercut just 15 seconds into the bout then proceeded to club the defenceless Marvis Frazier unconscious. Due to the comprehensiveness of the knockout, referee Joe Cortez did not finish counting Frazier out before waving off the fight. Although Tyson had won the fight in less than twenty seconds, Joe Frazier appealed to have the time of the knockout changed to thirty seconds to spare his son the embarrassment of such a quick defeat.

Recalling the fight in later years, Marvis Frazier conceded that he had underestimated the young Mike Tyson, who had not yet won the first of his world titles. "Tyson was just another guy who was going to be a statistic. Yeah, that's what I thought. I threw a jab and that's all I remember."[1]

After Tyson, Frazier did not fight for a title again. After nearly a year away from the ring following the loss to Tyson, Frazier returned to fight twice in two months, winning both of his bouts over journeymen fighters. He won his final fight against Phillipp Brown in 1988, retiring with a career record of 19-2.

After Boxing

After retiring from boxing, he became an ordained minister and active participant in Prison Fellowship Ministries.

Professional boxing record

19 Wins (8 knockouts, 11 decisions), 2 Losses (2 knockouts)
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win19-2Philipp BrownDecision (unanimous)101988-10-12Tucson, Arizona
Win18-2Robert EvansDecision (unanimous)101987-08-10Secaucus, New Jersey
Win17-2Tom FischerTKO2 (10), 2:471987-06-01Secaucus, New Jersey
Loss16-2Mike TysonKO1 (10), 0:301986-07-26Glens Falls, New York
Win16-1James SmithDecision (unanimous)101986-02-23California, California
Win15-1Jose RibaltaDecision (majority)101985-09-11Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win14-1James TillisDecision (unanimous)101985-05-20Reno, Nevada
Win13-1Funso BanjoDecision101984-12-05London, UK
Win12-1Bernard BentonDecision (unanimous)101984-10-23Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win11-1David StarkeyTKO1 (8), 2:501984-09-25Pennsauken, New Jersey
Loss10-1Larry HolmesTKO1 (10), 2:571983-11-25Las Vegas, Nevada
Win10-0Joe BugnerDecision (unanimous)101983-06-04Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win9-0James BroadDecision (unanimous)101983-04-10Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win8-0Mike CohenKO21983-03-07Charleston, South Carolina
Win7-0Amos HaynesTKO5 (10), 2:231983-02-08Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win6-0Guy CasaleRetirement4 (8), 3:001981-09-16Las Vegas, Nevada
Win5-0Tony PuluDecision (unanimous)61981-08-22Las Vegas, Nevada
Win4-0Steve ZouskiKO (unanimous)6 (6), 2:131981-05-11New York, New York
Win3-0Melvin EppsDecision (unanimous)61981-04-10New York, New York
Win2-0Dennis RiveraTKO2 (4), 2:301980-10-10New York, New York
Win1-0Roger TroupeTKO3 (4), 2:081980-09-12New York, New York

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Achievements
Preceded by
Tony Tubbs
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Mark Mahone