Jameel McCline, who himself was a heavyweight contender for years, interviewed the late, great Smokin' Joe Frazier on July 8 of this year in Hollywood, Fla.
I've seen it called Frazier's last interview, but I can't really verify if that's 100% accurate or not. But that's not the most important thing. The important thing is that it's clear to see that all of four months ago, Smokin' Joe was full of life, happy, and in good spirits.
"I live all over the world. Every place I go is my home. Once I was the champion, I was the champion of the world. So therefore I have to respect all the people in the world, because that represents the world. There's good people all over the world, man. It's always good to know that you can go places and be accepted by people. I really love that."
What a heart this man had. Sometimes this stuff gets overstated, but Joe was pretty consistent with statements like this for 40-plus years when he was in the spotlight and a known figure all over the world.
"I want them to remember that I was fair, concerned, and I had a lot of love in my heart for people. That’s where it’s at." - Joe Frazier (Thomas Gerbasi, BoxingScene.com)