- Michael L. Krenn
boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world, was born Joseph Frazier in Beaufort, South Carolina, the son of Rubin Frazier and Dolly. His father was a sharecropper who supplemented the family's income by making and delivering moonshine liquor. His mother worked a series of jobs in the fields around Beaufort and in some of the small food processing plants.
Frazier's childhood was marked by poverty, hard work, and a growing fascination with boxing. His early hero was Joe Louis and he spent his teenage years dreaming of becoming a successful and wealthy boxer He had little interest in school and by age thirteen had officially dropped out At the age of fifteen after a run in with a local white landowner Frazier decided that his future was not in Beaufort and took a bus to New York where he lived with one of his brothers for ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.