Marvis Frazier

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Marvis Frazier
Real nameMarvis Frazier
Height6 ft 0 12 in (1.84 m)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
NationalityUnited States United States
Born (1960-09-12) September 12, 1960 (age 58)
Beaufort County, South Carolina
Boxing record
Total fights21
Wins by KO8
No contests0

Marvis Frazier (born September 12, 1960) is an American former professional boxer who fought in the heavyweight division.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 an out-fighter (which brought Marvis success as an amateur) to an in-fighter, 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 as Tyson came out firing. Fifteen seconds into the fight, Tyson scored with a huge uppercut that knocked Frazier senseless and hit him with a combination as Frazier slumped to the canvas unconscious. Referee Joe Cortez started to count while looking at Frazier, but immediately waved off the fight once he saw that Frazier was out cold. The bout only lasted thirty seconds, which proved to be Tyson's quickest knockout of his career.

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[edit]

After retiring from boxing, he became an ordained minister and active participant in Prison Fellowship Ministries.[2]

In 2013 Marvis completed his autobiography, Meet Marvis Frazier: The Story of the Son of Smokin' Joe, with co-author Jamie Potter.

Professional boxing record[edit]

19 Wins (8 knockouts, 11 decisions), 2 Losses (2 knockouts)
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 19-2 Philipp Brown UD 10 1988-10-12 Tucson, Arizona
Win 18-2 Robert Evans UD 10 1987-08-10 Secaucus, New Jersey
Win 17-2 Tom Fischer TKO 2 (10), 2:47 1987-06-01 Secaucus, New Jersey
Loss 16-2 Mike Tyson KO 1 (10), 0:30 1986-07-26 Glens Falls, New York
Win 16-1 James Smith UD 10 1986-02-23 California, California
Win 15-1 Jose Ribalta MD 10 1985-09-11 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 14-1 James Tillis UD 10 1985-05-20 Reno, Nevada
Win 13-1 Funso Banjo PTS 10 1984-12-05 London, UK
Win 12-1 Bernard Benton UD 10 1984-10-23 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 11-1 David Starkey TKO 1 (8), 2:50 1984-09-25 Pennsauken, New Jersey
Loss 10-1 Larry Holmes TKO 1 (10), 2:57 1983-11-25 Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10-0 Joe Bugner UD 10 1983-06-04 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9-0 James Broad UD 10 1983-04-10 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 8-0 Mike Cohen KO 2 1983-03-07 Charleston, South Carolina
Win 7-0 Amos Haynes TKO 5 (10), 2:23 1983-02-08 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6-0 Guy Casale RTD 4 (8), 3:00 1981-09-16 Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 5-0 Tony Pulu UD 6 1981-08-22 Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4-0 Steve Zouski KO 6 (6), 2:13 1981-05-11 New York, New York
Win 3-0 Melvin Epps UD 6 1981-04-10 New York, New York
Win 2-0 Dennis Rivera TKO 2 (4), 2:30 1980-10-10 New York, New York
Win 1-0 Roger Troupe TKO 3 (4), 2:08 1980-09-12 New York, New York


  1. ^ Dettloff, William (July 19, 2010). "Marvis Frazier never won title but has no regrets". The Ring.
  2. ^ Jones, Brent, ed. (April 19, 2007). "'Smokin' Joe' Frazier dropping suit against daughter". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2007.

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